by Richi T. on
I found out about this place via rateclubs, and for that I am eternally grateful. This place is amazing and is sure to be a favorite for years to come. I came here on an extremely hot day this week, and was hesitant because I read some earlier reviews that said hardena had no air conditioning...they must have renovated because it was a chilly oasis in the scorching heat. The restaurant is tiny--the dining area can prob fit 10-15 at an absolute max. However, the only thing that matters is food, and this place delivered. (I don't know if they actually deliver!) For $6, you get a plate of rice and 3 sides. If you make all 3 of your sides meat, it's $7. I got beef rendang (def the best thing here), a string bean/tofu mix, and mixed vegetables. Also got some hot sauce because we Indians love our spicy food. They pile the plate high with generous portions--I'm surprised I finished it because I wasn't even that hungry. I guess that tells you something about how good the food is. The beef was so tender and the vegetables were flavorful. The hot sauce was a very nice mix of sweet and spicy. Even the rice tasted good on its own! I can't wait to come back to try the rest of hardena's offerings!
by Samual Shillinger on
This place is such a trip. It reminds me of hotel bars in Qatar - with the random assortment of people who all seem to look so out of place, but yet so in place here. I am always amazed how such a kooky group of people, all make their way out to the Starlight Room- to drunkenly and awkwardly attempt to dance on a dance floor - overlooking all of San Francisco. It's genius. That's what it is. Seeing some unshaven hipster couple bust out moves beside a graying couple - her squeezed into a way too tight sequin dress - while he dons an awkward fitting Dockers blazer and tapered khaki pants, makes me smile. I love it. I appreciate that the dance floor is just as entertaining as the phenomenal view - through the big glass windows lining the dance floor. And when I say phenomenal - I mean it - a breathtaking view of downtown San Francisco and Union Square. But view and amazingly strange crowd aside, there is something off about the Starlight Room. While it's fun to visit on one off occasions - it's not the kind of place I'd necessarily roll into regularly. There's a bizarre cheesy factor to the place - which can be exciting at times - because you never know who you're going to be standing next to, or talking to; but at the same time - it's just that: a surreal world - where you just don't really know who you're talking to. The Starlight Room seems strangely familiar - but at the same time - cold and unbalanced. It's not the kind of place that I would want to step into alone. There's just wayyyyyyyy to many strange characters walking around here. My advice on how to best enjoy this space: dress up and go on a fun date here. Cuddle into one of their dimly lit booths. Or go with a group of friends who can appreciate quality people watching. Because this place delivers. And then some. Trust.
by Clint H. on
So I am to guess that this place just opened, judging from GQ's review. Either way, i went here Saturday nite, a good friend of mine (Actor/Party King Keith Collins) had a movie premiere that nite, and the after party was held at Roam. This very cool and sleak looking lounge is located in a part of town I thought i knew better than anyone, that was, until i went here. First of all, when you walk in, you have to get past these two huge white doors, the buildup to see the place mounts, and when the doors open, you're not disappointed. The bar is on the right, with cool blue lights, but it's still dark enough to work as an after hours (does it though? I'll find out for you and get bakk). There are only 3 tables on the main floor unfornately, but the tables are good sized, big enough really to fit 2 small groups, or one really big group, which was the case on Saturday nite. After walking in, to your immediate left are the stairs that takes you to the downstairs level of Roam, which has a smaller bar but more seats, as well as a separate DJ, who on Saturday was trying to figure out how to get the set to work. This was exceptionally annoying to me, being a DJ myself: maybe you should have this squared away? I agree with GQ on his take of the downstairs area, it does have a cigar lounge sort of feel to it... The ultimate feature of this really cool lounge, outside of the drawers to put your shoes/bags (which is awesome), is of course, the private elevated table that i was sitting at when we finally decided to get bottle service at around midnite (the open bar was closed by then). You go past the banquettes and the bar on the main floor and go up a staircase that is past the bathroom, and it takes you up to where the DJ booth is. Behind the DJ booth, is your very own private table (it's practically a private room), which is maybe twice the size of the ones on the main floor. Basically you never have to even see anyone else in the club unless you go to the balcony and look over. It's nice to have that because by this point Roam was already JAM PAKKED with people, with even more on the outside begging and bargaining to get in. It really cuts out the people stepping on your shoes, bumping into you, spilling your drinks, or spilling their drinks on you. All in all I would say the place was amazing. I would normally not give a place with DJ problems 5 stars, but that private upstairs table made up for it 10 fold. Not to mention the upstairs DJ was absolutely on point, especially after he played "i've got a feeling" by the Blakk Eyed Peas (the world's worst song) and he comes over to me rite after and says, this is my least favorite song to play. Couldn't have said it better myself...