Chanterelle mousse and escabeche – Wine Kitchen

Chanterelle mousse and escabeche - Wine Kitchen
With grilled levain bread, arugula. $11
Wine Kitchen, San Francisco CA

Omg, this was really delicious! The combination of the silky mousse and acidic escabeche atop the grilled levain was heavenly. There were some many great flavors and textures to be enjoyed. Noms!

Acanthus flowers
Acanthus flowers, Mission.

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Spicy and sour soup with black cod – Little Uncle

Spicy and sour soup with black cod - Little Uncle
Lemongrass, galangal, lime leaf, cherry tomatoes, chanterelle mushrooms, served with rice. $10.95
Little Uncle, Seattle WA

This soup was very similar to the flavors of a traditional tom yum, but I really wanted it to be more spicy as advertised in its description. I think it was more sour than anything, and I like sour but some heat would have been much appreciate. I loved the large chunks of black cod in the soup and the chanterelle mushrooms were a nice change up for Thai food. Overall it was tasty.

Rice - Little Uncle
Rice.

Seattle Space Needle
Seattle Space Needle.

Tagliolini mare e monte – Cafe Renzo

Tagliolini mare e monte - Cafe Renzo
Homemade tagliolini noodles served with chanterelle mushrooms, tiger prawns, asparagus, parmesan in a light white wine garlic sauce. $19
Cafe Renzo, Palo Alto CA

Ugh, where were the chanterelles?! Either they completely forgot to add them or they slyly substituted a bunch of asparagus (which wasn’t indicated in the menu) instead. In either case, that was LAME! Overall, this was just ok anyway. The prawns were on the verge of being tough and the sauce wasn’t all that exciting.

Pacific starflower
Pacific starflower (Trientalis latifolia, Myrsinaceae), Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.

Braised goat gratin – The Walrus and the Carpenter

Braised goat gratin - The Walrus and the Carpenter
Chanterelle, root vegetables, potato. $12
The Walrus and the Carpenter, Seattle WA

I don’t find a lot of goat on menus, so when I finally do and I’m in the mood I’m always down for trying more. Goat gratin, now that’s a new one for me! Goat has a very distinctive flavor, but it wasn’t overwhelming in this yummy preparation. If you’ve ever wanted to ease yourself into trying goat, this would be the dish for you!

Moon Gates
Moon Gates, Doris Chase, bronze sculpture of three parts.

Entrees – Wayfare Tavern

Butcher's filet - Wayfare Tavern
Butcher’s Filet: shallot confit, bone marrow bordelaise, crispy onion, marjoram. $28
Wayfare Tavern, San Francisco CA

This filet dish was SO rich and delicious! The meat was really tender and flavorful and the shallot confit was amazing!

Seared tuna special - Wayfare Tavern
Seared Tuna Special: roasted baby carrots and turnips, root puree and herbs.

Organic fried chicken - Wayfare Tavern
Organic Fried Chicken: buttermilk brine, roasted garlic, crispy woody herbs, lemon. $24

The fried chicken was probably everyone’s favorite entree at the table. It was SO flavorful, juicy and tender. The breading was super herby and the chicken was perfectly cooked!

Sonoma duck - Wayfare Tavern
Sonoma Duck: mustard green tortellini, chanterelles, double consomme, poached winter citrus. $30

Red snapper – Frances

Red snapper Frances

Chanterelle mushrooms, new potatoes, Meyer lemon gremolata, greens. $28
Frances, San Francisco

I wanna know what kind of green those were on top! They looked (and tasted) great! This was such a beautiful presentation. The fish was cooked perfectly, but I will say that this dish was slightly over-salted for my taste. Everything tasted great but my salt taste buds had to work overtime. Despite the salt issue, I’d still order this lovely dish again!