My boyfriend and I had been meaning to try the Orange Room for some time, as it is one of the few in New West that does not cater to the +75 year old crowd and unfortunately, we were extremely disappointed.
Supposedly the restaurants was taken over a little while back, reopened as is now all about tapas and drinks. Too bad the menu is not at all reflected in the decor or the atmosphere. Fake plants, dated decor and awkward, ugly, seating? No thanks.
If you're going to boast about your drink menu and your tapas, make sure the restaurant feels like a chic lounge, rather than a space which lacks any sort of identity. We get that you're the "Orange Room", but really... That's not an identity.
The fellow who seated us was friendly, and his service was adequate but JUST adequate. He failed to mention that two out of the 4 the beers on tap -- which are supposedly exclusive to them and bolded on their menu--are all out. He also failed to mention that they were out of certain food items on the menu. I first question why they are out (it isn't busy so who the heck is not doing their job?) and second, why not tell us BEFORE we get our hopes up?
Finally, the food... Oh horrible food. We ordered the calamari, the beef skewers and the spicy yam fries.
Calamari - fish does not taste fresh. Sauce is a shrimp cocktail sauce (from a jar) which they seem to have added capers & pepper to... Failure.
Beef Skewers - These scared me to death. For the first few bites we couldn't figure out what was wrong... But here goes... they buy cheap cuts of beef and BOIL the hell out of them, to the point that the meet tastes mushy and "fuzzy". THEN they shove the meet on a skewer with a few pineapple chunks, put it on the grill so they get the grill marks, then plate it with honey Dijon mustard. Tasteless horrible meat. The pineapple was the best part.
Spicy yam fries - garlic mayo dip, not spicy, and similar to every other restaurant's yam fries. The least scary thing we ate.
We went on a Friday night at 6:30 and they were almost dead... That should be their busiest time. I hope this incarnation of the orange room either fails or DRASTICALLY improves.