Entrees – AQ Restaurant

Guinea hen - AQ Restaurant
Guinea Hen: sweet potato, cereals and salted persimmon butter. $26
AQ Restaurant, San Francisco CA

I’m sorry, but neither of these entrees were very memorable. There was a lot of stuff on each plate but it all lacked harmony and balance. The individual components were nicely prepared, but I wasn’t excited by any of it. Lame…

Duo of beef - AQ Restaurant
Duo of Beef: black garlic, broccoli with burnt ends and cheddar. $34


Little gem salad – Locanda

Little gem salad Locanda

Grilled persimmon, crescenza cheese, pistachio, aperol. $11
Locanda, San Francisco

This was a very nice salad. The ingredients tasted great together, and you can never go wrong with crescenza cheese. The persimmon added a delicious flavor and the pistachio added crunch. Simple and delicious!

Focaccia Locanda

Focaccia bread. Complimentary
Omg, this bread was SO frickin’ buttery and delicious! Even though it was also very salty, I still say “Yes, please!”

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!

Sauteed scallops – Nombe

Sauteed scallops Nombe

With uni butter and baby beets. $15
Nombe, San Francisco

Omg, this was such a rich dish!  And perhaps, not in a good way.  The uni butter, while delicious, was SO heavy.  There’s not a lot of it on the plate, but it completely overpowered everything else.  To be fair the beets were delicious and the scallops were cooked well.

This dinner was very disappointing.  The service was horrendous and the timing between dishes was atrocious!  The food was just ok overall and not really worth the price.  I don’t think I’ll go back.

It was very dark in the restaurant and halfway through, they decided to turn the lights even lower.  Therefore, I wasn’t able to photograph everything but here are the remaining pics I was able to snap before it the darkness made it impossible to take more.

Kurobuta pork belly Nombe

Grilled Kurobuta pork belly, mizuna, jicama, yuzo kosho dressing. $10
This was the best dish of the night (although it’s very hard to see, lol).  The meat was tender, flavorful and perfectly cooked.  I also loved the mizuna salad on the side!

Persimmon cosmo Nombe

Persimmon cosmo shochu cocktail. $5 happy hour
This was ok.  I’m glad it was discounted for happy hour otherwise I would have been more disappointed.

Nipponito cocktail Nombe

Nipponito – mint, lime, rice shochu. $8
Very sour!