By Emma Krasov, photography by Yuri Krasov
Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar at The Fairmont San Francisco is a casual Hawaiian outpost on posh Nob Hill.
Equipped with palm-leaf umbrellas, sweet rum drinks, and
Pacific Rim cuisine, it has its own body of water with a band stand in the middle; provides mini-tropical rain; and even throws its own luau.
For the first official luau of the year, a 10-course menu included the best of Hawaiian cuisine: lomi lomi salmon, tropical fruit, huli huli chicken, kalua pork, various spring rolls, steamed dumplings and buns, and lavish desserts.
Dance and music groups were flown from
to provide some authentic entertainment with graceful hula moves – inviting, welcoming, and energizing. Hawaii
Executive Chef jW Foster will whip up a feast in the Crown Room, known for its gorgeous views of the city and the Bay. The Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet will be served from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at $109 plus tax and gratuity per adult, $54.50 plus tax and gratuity per child and free for age 5 and under.
Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar will serve its elegant Afternoon Tea from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at $52.00 plus tax and gratuity per person. Tea includes a glass of sparkling wine. A pianist will perform live music throughout the afternoon.
For reservations, call 415-772-5204. The Fairmont San Francisco is located at
950 Mason Street
. More information at: 1-800-441-1414 or: www.fairmont.com/sanfrancisco