Late birthday celebration w V! We definitely dined in style, had a couple drinks w A & CP across the street and they joined us for some appys before leaving us two to our “romantic” meal. Not to mention, V cracked open a bubbly making this belated birthday dinner so much more celebratory! Thanks again so much for the generous meal V. Now on to the food.
The restaurant itself was very old looking with interesting decor. I can’t really describe it but I loved loved the open kitchen. We sat more towards the entrance so nothing exciting for us to look at, but next time I would request a table near the kitchen.
Menu is short and sweet: One page for appetizers and one page for mains.
That said, a very extensive drink menu (cocktails, lots of wines with the option of glasses, half bottles or full).
Local Calamari stuffed with Rock Shrimp $17
Delicious! The calamari was so tender and stuff with fresh salty rock shrimp, which was balanced out by the yogurt and hummus. I could have the whole plate of hummus with some bread. It was so smooth, light and yet packful with flavours.
Pan Seared Sea Scallops $18.75
I love love scallops! They were seared beautifully and seasoned so well. The aioli and relish just brought it to another level – salty scallops with tangy crunchy hearts of palm and creamy rich aioli. The artichokes was crispy and lemony. I loved every part of this dish.
Knoll’s Figs, La Quercia Prosciutto & Grappa Candied Pecan Salad $14.25
Probably my least favourite dish of the night – not because I am not a fan of greens but this was overly dressed and sweet. The best part was the mascarpone crema with the figs that were just delicious! The greens and pecans did nothing for me.
Alaskan Halibut $35
The fish was amazing! I have to say one of the best cooked halibut I have ever had. It was amazingly moist and flaked nicely. Crispy skin topped with tangy rich hollandaise that went really well with the fish. The haricot vert were not bad but I didn’t enjoy the tough ends that were stringy and made it hard to enjoy the beans. The pasta and beans were so delicate and fresh – definitely completed the dish.
California Lamb Prime T Bone $37
Wood oven roasted lamb w Barrel Aged Feta & New Zealand Sea Spinach Stuffing with Mint & Basil, Olive Oil Fondant Purple Fingerling Potatoes, Taggiasca Olive & Lemon Relish, Baia Nicchia Farm’s Heirloom Frying Peppers and Roasted Lamb Jus
I am a huge fan of lamb, everytime it is on a menu I end up ordering it and I got to say – this dish did not disappoint. The exterior was nice and crisped with a great smokey flavour; fat was rendered off beautifully and the lamb was cooked to a great medium/medium rare. Seasoned very well and great with the sauteed spinach. The feta/spinach stuffing was interesting and did add great edge to the dish – crunchy bread crumbs, rich feta and went nicely with the lamb.
The only downside to this dish was the potatoes; which was literally just boiled potatoes on the plate that was not even seasoned.
Brown Sugar Custard Tart$10.50
OK, so we totally should have gotten the ice cream on the side because as delicious as this dessert was – it felt incomplete. The tart was sweet, buttery and melted in the mouth. The raspberries were fresh and tangy, definitely cut into the rich tart.
Chocolate Mocha Marquis $11
OMG!! The mousse was heavenly! As imperfect looking as it was, it tasted amazing. So light and smooth yet so rich. Everything about it was perfect – the wafer in the center was nice and crispy with light coffee flavours! I wish I could describe it better but definitely something I would go back for in a heart beat.
Ruinart Brut Rose $115
Glass of Riesling $12
Weaver’s Coffee $3.25
Total Damage: N/A (Thanks to V for the generous birthday meal!)
Personal Rating: 4 out of 5
Service was great, our server was personable and very attentive without being around ALL the time. Plates cleaned, waters & champagne refilled the moment the glasses are half empty.
Every dish we had was delicious – some were not as amazing, but even those were very good. I could see why this is one of the most popular restaurants in SF. Not the cheapest of all meals and they are fairly pricey at an average of $35 per entree but I have to say, it is all worth it.
1 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 543 6084