We decide to splash out a little on our last two nights in San Francisco and book in to the St Regis Hotel on 3rd St. The St Regis is renowned for its excellent service and mod cons which incude a Michelin-star restaurant 'Ame', a Remede Spa complex, the latest touch button room controls (including motorised curtains!) - and a personal butler for all guests. After our 'butler' shows us to our room he wants to unpack our clothes for us but that feels a little 'too much' service when you're a rough and tumble Aussie traveller. We do, however, know a Hoover Cam who would be most appreciative of this service.
The views of the city centre are breathtaking
It feels as though we're suspended in mid-air
another great bed
bedside touch-screen control panel that requires a tech-nerd to operate
The downstairs bar area is a popular meeting space...
But its the bar food prepared by the Michelin-starred Ame restaurant that is worth making a pit-stop here
these are the real works of art
Tempura 'Poke' with Ogo seaweed, Hawaiian sea salt and green onion
'Kaisen' Sashimi salad with Japanese Cucumber, Hijiki, Tobiko caviar and Yuzu vinaigrette
The sashimi was melt-in-your-mouth
the caviar were little mouth explosions of sea and salt
Sounds macabre I know but I think I've found my Death Row meal.
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The best news is that we're sitting in the Qantas Club at San Francisco International Airport about to board our on-time flight back home to sweltering Sydney and my edible balcony. What awaits me I wonder? Lush and thriving or wilted and singed?
I'll let you know.....