If it’s the first time you’re feeling a little nervous about the pandemic travel restrictions easing, we have news to calm those nerves:
The Original Mai Tai Cocktail comes to SJC.
Three years after Mineta San Jose and HMS Host announced that they would be bringing Trader Vic’s to the international airport, the Polynesian dining and cocktail plan is finally coming to life.
The Emeryville-based restaurant, the legendary inventor of Mai Tai, was supposed to feed and refuel airmen before Memorial Day. Terminal B will have a full-service restaurant and a smaller Trader Vic outpost for take-away customers.
Look for a Hawaiian ham and egg press and island coconut parfait for breakfast and lunch and dinner for Vic’s Tuna Poke, Macadamia Chicken Salad, Grilled Honolulu Cheese with Pineapple Chilli Compote, Maharaja Mansour with Roasted Vegetables and curry mayonnaise and baked crab and artichoke dip
Not surprisingly, the range of cocktails in the seating restaurant is longer than the menu. The original Mai Tai and multiple fruity iterations include Zombie, Scorpion, Koana Puffer, Pot Parrot, Navy Grog, London Sour, three spiked “coffee grogs” and more.
It was the founder of the bar / restaurant, “Trader Vic” Bergeron, who created the now iconic drink. The bar’s website states, “That day in Oakland, The Trader pulled down a bottle of 17-year-old Jamaican rum and added a pinch of lime, a dash of rock sugar syrup, a dash of orange curacao, some French orgeat and a little poured in the brew over cracked ice.
“He gave it to a friend from Tahiti who immediately exclaimed, ‘It’s Mai Tai Roa Ae! ‘(Tahitian for “Out of This World – The Best”), and the first Mai Tai was born. “
At the airport locations, Trader Vic’s also serves non-alcoholic fruit preparations and coffee from the local roaster Chromatic Coffee.
The airport’s franchise partner, HMS Host, is hosting rental shows, including one on Tuesday, May 25, from 11am to 3pm at 2521 Seaboard Ave., San Jose on Tuesday, May 25th.