Steak nachos – Escena Lounge & Grill

Steak nachos - Escena Lounge & Grill
Tortilla chips, 3 cheese blend, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole. $12
Escena Lounge & Grill, Palm Springs CA

Meh… This was just REALLY dry! The steak was dry, the chips were dry, the pico was dry. It’s like this thing sat under the salamander for 15 minutes before getting topped for serving. Geez!

Oxtail a la vaccinara – Tordomatto

Oxtail a la vaccinara - Tordomatto
With celery. “Tradition” tasting menu €65
Tordomatto, Rome ITALY

I’m in love with this restaurant! We went to the Vatican Museum that morning, so I checked what was nearby for lunch and chose this place. I’m SO glad I did because the food (and service) was AMAZING! We did the “traditional” tasting menu, but it was far from it. The flavors and concepts were traditional, but the techniques and presentation were contemporary and so great! Mmm…

Bread assortment - Tordomatto
Bread assortment.

Steak tartare – Belcampo Meat Co.

Steak tartare - Belcampo Meat Co.
Lean grass-fed beef, shallot, capers, Shotgun sauce, egg yolk. $16
Belcampo Meat Co., Larkspur CA

Hmm, this wasn’t my favorite. I thought that the texture of the beef was too heavy, dense, and slimy. And it needed more seasoning! There are better things on their menu, so I don’t know why this tartare deserves a spot on the 7×7 Big Eat SF list. 😦

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