Crafting Unforgettable Experiences: Discovering What Makes Trader Vic’s Special With Gabriele Giorni


Blending exotic flavours with a vibrant ambience, Trader Vic’s is a popular favourite for diners in Bahrain. We had the pleasure of speaking with Gabriele Giorni, the General Manager, to uncover what makes a restaurant truly special. According to Gabriele, it’s not just about the quality of the food but the perfect harmony of taste, aroma, and presentation. He believes that delivering an unforgettable dining experience goes beyond a meal, demanding authenticity, meticulous attention to detail, and a commitment to constant innovation.

Voted as one of Bahrain’s 41 Best Restaurants, Trader Vic’s, an internationally renowned brand, boasts a world-cuisine concept in the heart of Bahrain. Home of the original Mai Tai, Trader Vic’s serves exotic dishes and cocktails in true tiki style.

In your opinion, what makes a restaurant special?

Undoubtedly, the primary factor in a restaurant’s success is the quality of the food. But it goes beyond using good ingredients and creating delicious recipes; it’s about achieving the perfect combination of taste, aroma, and presentation. Quality demands authenticity, which means prioritizing authentic flavours, sourcing the finest ingredients, and crafting dishes from scratch without limitations.

Guests seek not just a meal but an unforgettable experience. Every detail, from the linen to the lighting, must be meticulously executed. Well-traveled guests have high expectations, and require persistence and continuous innovation to meet. Successful F&B concepts must constantly strive for improvement to attract and retain guests. Building a trusted brand requires dedication and attention to detail.

Regardless of cuisine, a restaurant must innovate, offering new dishes while maintaining iconic ones. The motivation of the team is essential; a fulfilled and engaged staff provides exceptional service. Personalized service and storytelling enhance the dining experience, making each guest feel like a VIP. Trust is the foundation of returning customers, who come back for the consistently exceptional experience we promise.

How do you ensure your restaurant always meets the highest standards?

An ultra-modern or atmospheric environment is of no use if the restaurant is uncomfortable. The idea is to create a beautiful and comfortable setting where guests can relax and feel good. After all, catering means “refreshment.”

We prioritize daily training programs for each staff department and have a development training plan for the entire team. Monthly goals ensure guest satisfaction remains a top priority. Consistency in food quality, presentation, and attention to detail is crucial. This guarantees every guest receives the same exceptional experience, regardless of when they visit.

We focus on both the interior and exterior design of our restaurant. The landscape and nature surrounding our establishment enhance the overall ambience. We believe in personal connections with our guests, treating each one as a VIP. This personal touch creates a lasting impression.

Beyond providing a quality meal, memorable service, and a harmonious environment, we offer added value, such as daily live music, to enhance the experience.

What are your thoughts on Bahrain’s F&B sector?

Bahrain’s food and beverage scene is vibrant and ever-evolving, distinguished by its popular homegrown concepts that compete successfully with international brands. The upcoming arrival of global concepts presents a new challenge, but local businesses are poised to rise to the occasion.

While Bahrain’s tourism strategy has made strides, there’s a need to diversify its visitor base beyond weekend traffic from Saudi Arabia via the King Fahad Causeway. Broadening the visitor base will enrich the tourism experience.

As global concepts enter the market, Bahrain’s F&B scene will become even more dynamic. The local industry’s proven resilience will ensure its continued success.

What are some of the new concepts you’re excited about at Trader Vic’s?

Every Sunday, you can immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Sunday Salsa Night, where you can dance to lively Latin rhythms. On the first Friday of each month, the Fiesta Brunch awaits with its captivating combination of group dances, live music, and a thrilling Latino Afro DJ set. Tuesdays are dedicated to the Surf & Turf experience, offering a tantalizing blend of flavours. And if you’re a seafood lover, the Seafood Sundowners on Sundays will surely satisfy your cravings. Additionally, every month brings a new and innovative Cocktail of the Month, adding a touch of creativity to the beverage offerings.

If you could recommend 3 of your personal favourite dishes to try at Trader Vic’s, what would they be?

The Caribbean seabass, the flavourful chilly hammour, and the assortment of proteins cooked in the Chinese wood fire oven are among the beloved dishes offered at Trader Vics. These dishes showcase the culinary excellence and diversity that Bahrain has to offer.

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