Scallop and pork belly – Poogan’s Porch

Scallop and pork belly - Poogan's Porch
Pan seared scallop and pork belly with pickled shallots, microgreens, arugula puree, finished with bbq reduction. $8.95
Poogan’s Porch, Charleston SC

Found this restaurant through Yelp, and I’m SO glad I did! The food was amazing and the service was sweet (and on the young side, lol). This pork belly was done pretty well with a great sear and caramelization on the outside. You never know how fatty pork belly is gonna be when you order it, but this cut wasn’t too fatty at all. I really don’t mind either way, but this is Charleston y’all and I needed to save fat calories where ever I could, lol! I will say that the scallops tasted a little too sharp and metallic-y for me. They were beautifully cooked though, the flavor was just off.

Home made biscuit and honey butter - Poogan's Porch
Home made biscuit and honey butter. Complimentary. This biscuit was light and fluffy and everybody frickin’ loves honey butter so I was in heaven.

St. Matthew's German Evangelical Lutheran Church

St. Matthew’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church. This is a pretty cool looking church along King Street opposite Marion Square.

Oyster, pork belly, kimchi – Benu

Project 365: Day 103

Today I flew to Las Vegas to attend a work conference which starts tomorrow. I’ll admit that I’m not a big fan of Vegas as a vacation destination. I don’t like the majority of tourists and everything is ridiculously overpriced. Vegas is a place that I can’t truly relax, even poolside. There’s inevitably going to be a bunch of douche-y college kids (and adults for that matter) partying it up WAY too hard in a trashy way. Oh well, what can you do? To each he’s own. It makes for AMAZING people watching though. Besides the conference, I’m going to try and focus on the food to keep me busy. I don’t have any plans tonight but I’ll probably hit up Secret Pizza at The Cosmopolitan for a quick bite, then head to a local bar off The Strip to relax and take the edge off.

Oyster, pork belly, kimchi Benu

Pre fixe dinner $180
Benu, San Francisco

Every dish at Benu has so many ingredients that it’s often difficult to know what every component is or how it’s incorporated into the dish. This was the second course, and I’m gonna say that it was one of my favorites! This small bite was presented on a wooden pedestal and you’re urged to eat it quickly because the warm filling might melt through the thin cellophane-y container. As proof of my ignorance, I’m still not sure where the kimchi was in this, hehe.

Oyster, pork belly, kimchi Benu

Beautiful and delicious!

Lavash bread Benu

Lavash bread. Complimentary

Cascade Mountain arctic char – RN74

Cascade Mountain arctic char RN74

With sauteed pork belly, French green lentils, brussels sprouts, parsnip veloute. New Year four-course tasting menu $80
RN74, San Francisco

I think this was my least favorite dish of the evening. The arctic char was fine, I just forgot out oily of a fish it is. Also the pork belly was ALL fat, I expected it to have some meet on it. Oily fish plus a cube of pork fat really didn’t work for me. The other components were pretty good. I loved the lentils and the veggies were also tasty.

Achiote braised pork belly tacos – Tacolicious

Achiote braised pork belly tacos Tacolicious

Thick slab of pork belly, tamarindo-habanero salsa, pickled red onions, cilantro on a corn tortilla. Served with pickled vegetables. $4.95 each
Tacolicious, San Francisco

This was the Taco of the Week. Omg, these were SO frickin’ good!!! I could have eaten 10 of these! The pork belly wasn’t overly fatty, but it was SO flavorful and tender. It’s a little bit pricey for a taco, but I’m gonna say it was worth it. Noms!

Trio of salsas Tacolicious

Trio of salsas. I love the salsa that came with the taco. They ranged from mild, medium and hot but none of them were really that hot. They were flavorful though and each of them distinct.

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!

Gravy fries – Hog & Rocks

Gravy fries Hog & Rocks

Pork belly gravy and cheddar cheese, sprinkled with chopped chives.  $5 happy hour
Hog & Rocks, San Francisco

This item reads super heavy on the menu, but it somehow tasted pretty light!  Not sure how they did that.  The gravy wasn’t too thick and creamy, and the pork belly was cooked well and cut into small enough pieces to prevent a fatty overload with each bite.  I didn’t catch the cheddar cheese very much.  I actually forgot there was any until I referred back to the menu.  A very good and filling dish!

Slow-cooked pork belly – Eos Restaurant

Pork belly Eos Restaurant
Sweet, tender pork belly atop creamy grits and a stone fruit chutney. Garnished with cilantro, flat leaf parsley, fennel and mint leaves and sliced nectarines.
Eos Restaurant & Wine Bar, San Francisco

This dish was very clean and delicious! I loved the combination of the creamy grits, slightly sweet fruit chutney, and the sweet and salty pork belly.  I’m not sure what they braised the pork in, but I’m guessing they used some soy and sugar.  The effect was fabulous and the pork just melted in your mouth. The fruit and herb salad on top were bright and contrasted perfectly with the rich pork belly.