Fried duck with glaze, pomelo, pine nut, shallot, micro greens, pomegranate seeds, fried lotus. $28 Hakkasan, San Francisco CA
Wow, this salad was amazing! But I’m still slightly reeling from the price tag for a lunch time salad though. Pretty steep, but worth it. The duck was melt-in-your-mouth tender and super juicy. It was nice and fatty and oh so flavorful. All the ingredients worked well together and created a very playful and fun dish. I would totally order this again, but maybe after a few days of just eating ramen to offset the cost. :)
7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2014
Fernet Julep: Buffalo Trace bourbon, Fernet Jelinek, mint, ginger juice and spiced port infusion. $12
Roasted butternut squash, scallion and pumpkin seed relish, sizzling rice cakes. $26 Butterfly Restaurant, San Francisco CA
I liked most things about this dish expect for those pesky rice cakes underneath. They were dry and then became soggy from the broth, so they just had an inconsistent and weird texture that didn’t work with anything else. The short ribs were very flavorful, but my pieces seemed to be super lean and not as tender as I would have liked. I liked the clean plating.
This place is a mad house during happy hour! It’s filled with a mixture of tourists strolling the Embarcadero and the FiDi after-work crowd. I was able to squeeze in at the end of the bar and had a yummy (and nicely priced) snack before meeting my nephew for dinner down the street. The ceviche was good albeit small. I liked the assortment of ingredients and everything tasted really fresh. The pisco sour was also very tasty and much needed after a long day at work.
Pisco sour. Happy hour $6
7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010
We fortuitously were up in Yountville on a Monday when Ad Hoc had their fried chicken dinner, and oh, it was spectacular! The chicken is SO moist and tender and SO flavorful, NOMS! I don’t know how they prepare these things, but they’re doing it right. And look how much chicken they serve for only two people! I’m not complaining though because they made great leftovers the next day.
Ugh, I was NOT impressed! I’ve always said that the fried items at MBC are super greasy and this chicken was no exception. They were pretty gross and even the waffle was saturated in oil – yuck! I thought the salted chili was a cute substitute for the traditional hot sauce, but nothing could hide or counteract the overall greasiness of this dish.
With cucumber, cocktail sauce, horseradish. Each $3 Pesce, San Francisco CA
I don’t know about these. I’m not a big horseradish fan with oysters and these just had a lot of murky liquid in the glass that scared me off. I definitely spent more time worrying about taking the oyster shot than actually enjoying it. It wasn’t bad, but my it was too much work for me to shoot it.
Bad Boy: Tito’s vodka, tobacco leaf tincture, orange bitters. $10
Wow, this was really tasty! I loved the texture of the snapper and the subtle sauce with grated daikon were perfect components to compliment the delicate flavor of the fish. The presentation was also very clean and pretty. Pre fixe dinner Barracuda Sushi, San Francisco CA