Seared steelhead salmon – Contigo

Seared steelhead salmon - Contigo
Roe, cured mojama, parsnip puree, brussels sprouts, capers, cava butter sauce. Tapas tasting menu
Contigo, San Francisco CA

This was an interesting dish for me. The combination of ingredients was one I hadn’t experienced before, and I’d never had mojama either. I actually thought it was dried prosciutto before I looked at the menu description again. The salmon was good, but I thought it was a bit overcooked. I liked the crispy skin though and the overall flavors of the dish were pleasant.

Noe Valley home, Dolores Street
One of my favorite homes in Noe Valley.

Patates braves – Contigo

Patates braves - Contigo
Crisp fried potatoes, aioli, tomato salsa brava. Tapas tasting menu
Contigo, San Francisco CA

For me, it’s all about the potato preparation and the tomato salsa brava when it comes to this dish. I’ve tried a whole lot of them through my travels, and I know what I like. This version was really delicious and I liked the rich flavor and thick consistency of their salsa. The potatoes were also nicely fried. Noms!

Walking my baby girl!
Walking my baby girl!

Coca of wild nettles – Contigo

Coca of wild nettles - Contigo
Flatbread with smoked bacon, melted leeks, manchego and housemade mato cheese. $15
Contigo, San Francisco CA

I love the cocas at Contigo. The flatbread always has a great texture and is so flavorful. This wild nettle coca was a new one for me, and it was SO tasty especially with the two types of cheese and bacon.

Pier 41
Pier 41, Fisherman’s Wharf.

Hand picked dungeness crab salad – Contigo

Hand picked dungeness crab salad - Contigo
With chicories, winter citrus, avocado and lime vinagreta. $15
Contigo, San Francisco CA

This was such a great salad. It was bright and fresh and the dungeness crab tasted delicious. I also really loved the beautiful, multicolored chicories that they used especially the pink-splotched variety. Noms!

Hand picked dungeness crab salad - Contigo
Chicories, clementines, avocado, fennel, lime vinagreta.
January 26, 2014

Pier 43 Ferry Arch
Pier 43 Ferry Arch, Fisherman’s Wharf.

Cervesas – Contigo

Cervesas - Contigo
Pilsner, Moonlight Brewing, Reality Czech, Santa Rosa. $6
Honey Saison, Almanac, San Leandro. $6
Contigo, San Francisco CA

I don’t usually drink beer with dinner, but thought I would switch it up this time around while eating tapas. It turned out being a great idea, and the Honey Saison was especially delicious!

Seagull takes flight
Seagull takes flight, Ocean Beach, Great Highway.

Coca of broccoli rabe – Contigo

Coca of broccoli rabe Contigo

Flatbread with broccoli rabe, Txistorra sausage, caramelized onions and manchego cheese. $14
Contigo, San Francisco

This was some amazing flatbread! The Txistorra sausage tasted so good and had a great smokiness to it. I loved the heartiness of the broccoli rabe and manchego cheese.  Everything just worked so well together and it was very filling. Yum!

Calamars a la planxa – Contigo

Calamars a la planxa Contigo

Grilled calamari with arros negre, chorizo, artichokes, allioli and Guindilla chile oil. $12
Contigo, San Francisco CA

Omg, this was SO good! Total comfort food. I loved every component of this dish. I just wish I knew what the greens were on top. The squid ink rice and chorizo made the perfect smoky base for the calamari and roasted artichokes. This dish was pretty rich so they don’t overdo it on the portion. NOMS!

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

Local xipirons a la planxa - Contigo
Local xipirons (squid) a la planxa.
January 26, 2014

Annabelle’s chichories salad – Contigo

Annabelle's chichories salad Contigo

Mixed greens with seared cana de cabra goat cheese, persimmons, pomegranates, walnuts and chervil. $13
Contigo, San Francisco

I can’t say that I’ve ever had a salad quite like this! And it was yummy! The persimmons and cana de cabra goat cheese were the ingredients that were new(ish) to me. I don’t usually like raw persimmons but they were really good in this salad. This was the first time I’ve had this goat cheese and I love the crunchy sear on the outside that contrasted with the soft smooth interior. The thick, crsipy greens were hearty enough to hold up to the rich toppings. Great salad!