Because of its reputation for alternative living, San Francisco is just the place to discover some unusual dining experiences just waiting for the intrepid traveller. Lucky for you, we’ve done the exploring for you, so you can reach gastronomic nirvana, whatever your tastes.
Want a Pacific Rim dining experience complete with atmospheric indoor showers? Well, the Tonga Room will whet your appetite with its vision of Tiki culture and tropical cocktails. Complete with a floating island performance space where the Island Groove Band will serenade you as you dine. Located below the Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason Street, the Word War Two era tropical lounge is the perfect place to weather the night, complete with tropical cocktails served in Tiki vessels.
If island living is all part of your dream holiday, then head to Forbes Island, Pier 39, H Dock, in Sea Lion Harbour, a floating island complete with a lighthouse style tower where you can see views of Alcatraz and nearby bathing sea lions. Underwater dining rooms play host to an American fine dining menu and views under the sea.
If aerial views are more your thing, then Supperclub, 654 Harrison St, is “an experimental creative platform” you might just want to jump onboard. With performances that promise to burn the back of your retinas, this multisensory dining experience incorporates music, dancing, and the avant garde alongside a sophisticated menu and slick interior styling.
Gender illusion is only one of the fusion items on the menu at Asia SF, 201 Ninth Street, with sake infused cocktails served by divas atop the Chinese red runway bar. With colour morphing walls and Cal-asian inspired dishes, including the three course menage a trois feast, this is a place to have all your senses well and truly confused.
Finish your night at The End Up for a San Francisco party night that will go down in the history– running for 10 years, the club has been recognised by the mayor, featured in Tales of the City, a television event and book series by Armistead Maupin and inspired I found God at the End-Up, a novel by Miss Polly, so if you want to get your freak on, and the capture the San Francisco scene, this is definitely the place to end up.
By Ken Kennedy