Jamon iberico de bellota – Coqueta

Jamon iberico de bellota - Coqueta
Imported. $29
Coqueta, San Francisco CA

Omg, this is the best quality of cured Spanish ham around! I loved the super thin slices and they had such a wonderful flavor. I didn’t like the tiny, dry breadsticks though, and the twenty nine dollar price tag was pushing it for me especially for the modest serving size. But that didn’t fully detract from the amazing quality.

Sea urchin in egg – Izakaya Roku

Sea urchin in egg - Izakaya Roku
Uni tamago toji. With scallions and nori. $13
Izakaya Roku, San Francisco CA

This was a new and interesting dish for me. I’d never had uni this way before. It was pretty good, but I kinda wish that the uni was less cooked. I’m still trying to get used to eating sea urchin, but I would rather have a really great raw uni than low quality cooked uni. This uni wasn’t of the best quality, but it was ok and it definitely gross horrible uni. Here’s to trying new food!

Chicken salad sandwich – Boudin Bakery and Cafe

Chicken salad sandwich - Boudin Bakery and Cafe
All natural chicken, lettuce, celery, scallion, slivered almonds, grapes, dijon, mayo, sliced sourdough. Best of Boudin combo $7.79
Boudin Bakery and Cafe, San Francisco CA

I’m not a huge sandwich fan for lunch, but this was pretty good! Boudin is just around the corner from my office so it’s convenient. Now it’s nice to know that I actually like their chicken salad sandwich. I think it’s the addition of ingredients such as the almonds and grapes that makes it really good. I also like their clam chowder!

Clam chowder - Boudin Bakery and Cafe
Clam chowder, New England style.

Dried porcini doughnuts – Rich Table

Dried porcini doughnuts - Rich Table
Raclette (cheese sauce). $7
Rich Table, San Francisco CA

Mmm, SO good! These little porcini donuts were absolutely perfect! They were beautifully fried and very flavorful. I loved the rich raclette dip that came with it (and they also tasted great dipped in the horseradish creme fraiche that came with the sardine chips, hehe). NOMS!

Ritsu tonkotsu ramen – Izakaya Sozai

Ritsu tonkotsu ramen - Izakaya Sozai
Pork broth, ramen noodles, egg, char siu, nori, scallions. With add-ons of fried braised pork belly and garlic chips. $11.75
Izakaya Sozai, San Francisco CA

Mmm, the broth in this ramen dish was really delicious! Was it the best ramen I’ve had, probably not but it was very tasty nonetheless. The noodles were good and the regular toppings were yummy. I was disappointed in the fried braised pork belly add-on though. It was too dry and tough for me. I also wish the egg was a little more soft and runny.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2011, 2012