Sunday, September 27, 2009

Tonga Room

Girls' Nights Out are always memorable. On this particular night, we went to the Tonga Room in the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. It is one of the oldest Tiki Bars in the nation. Overall it was a unique experience. The night was fun, but everything was overpriced.

The Inside
They went all out with the decorations. So awesome!

The Live Band!
They get on a boat and perform in the middle of the pool all night. When they perform, there is a cover charge of $7 that is included in your bill.

Mai Tai
This is their famous drink. One sip and we all knew we were in for a fun night.

First, you get to keep the glass. Second, the straw is three times long. Third, the drink was, again, nice and strong.

Shiitake Egg Rolls
Crispy rolls filled with shiitake mushrooms, cabbage, carrots, and onions with Tonga Sauce. Nicely fried, and an overall good egg roll.

Price Edward Island Mussels
With sauteed Portuguese sausage, maui onions, garlic, and Kona Long Board lager and topped with sweet potato fries. The fries added a nice texture to the dish. The sausage gave it a fun island taste.

Seared Diver Scallops
With sauteed corn, Hobb's bacon, scallions, and spinach with a yuzu beurre blanc sauce. Delicious! The scallops were perfectly cooked, and the corn had a great bacon taste.

Island Lamb Curry
Braised lamb, ginger, and chilis with sauteed spinach and sweet potato. It had a good taste, but I found the lamb a bit tough and overcooked.

Alena's Mix
Soy marinated tofu, shimeji mushrooms, snap peas, and garlic. A nice plate of vegetables. The mushrooms were tasty.

"Forbidden Blend" Fried Rice
Forbidden black, white jasmine, Bhutanese red, and jade pearl bamboo rice. This was a great bowl of rice! It had a nice light fried rice taste.

Flaming Tonga Volcano
We saw this flaming volcano from the start of dinner, and we had to get it. The flame was pretty cool, but the taste and execution of the dessert was a fail. The black sesame sauce tasted off, and the volcano cake itself wasn't impressive.

Tongacchino with Kahlua
We added the side of Kahlua to give our nightcap a good kick. It worked.

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