- The Tonga room and Hurricane bar
Just the name is already so exotic…
I didn’t know that Mr Anthony Bourdain was such a star in the US… He is one of my hero and to me, he is not famous enough in Europe… Anyway, as everytime I travel somewhere I check his program and so I arrived in San Francisco with a list of things to do and restaurants to go ‘made in Anthony Bourdain’ amongst them : The Tonga room.
This tropical, cheesy and a bit surreal bar is really the place to see at least once and then you will have to go back a few times for their magical cocktails.
The Tonga room has been built around the swimming pool of the Fairmont hotel in the 40′. Mel Melvin, the Metro Goldwin Mayer’s director had been hired to transform the pool of this so formal and elegant hotel in a rum and Hawaian shirts temple.
Killers cocktails to share and a band in the middle of the lagoon, bamboo and orange tribal walls will transport you to a remote island.
I haven’t tried the food but you will travel, just with the cocktails.