In April of 2007, Beverly Hills, California, lost its beloved Trader Vic's. Now a little over a year later, a restauranteur is resurrecting another famous tiki hotspot from the area's past, Luau. At first blush, I can't decide if I like that parts that have stayed the same more than those that have been updated.
The drink menu is coming back in classic style and correctly mixed with the assistance of Jeff "Beachbum" Berry, who is known for cracking the codes used by secretive bartenders who were rightfully protective of their recipes.
Everything else has been brought into the post-modern era: the food menu is new and the interiors are wonderful mix of primitive and upscale. The excesses of the old style of interior design have been swept away and replaced by new ones, including a chandelier made of 33 pufferfish!
Luau opens to the public this Friday, October 24.
369 N. Bedford Drive (off Brighton Way), Beverly Hills | (310) 274-0090 | Map | Thanks Dave!