After trying to snap some dinner pictures on our first night with the rented Zeiss 21mm f2.8, I quickly gave up, realizing it just wasn’t going to work out. Sometimes you have to know when to put your camera down and just enjoy your evening.
4001 Judah Street at 45th Ave, SF | Website
A lovely spot in the Outer Sunset hood for a quiet dinner. On first appearance the menu seems a bit simple, but there’s just enough little twists and unexpected ingredients to make it enjoyable and worth the experience (and money).
Levain toast with ash rind cow’s milk
Olive oil poached Spanish octopus with beans, charred cherry, coriander
Market vegetables and roasted grains with soft poached eggs, morels
Sumac spiced Berkshire pork tenderloin with farro, nectarine, hazelnuts
Slow cooked lamb shoulder with roasted turnip, olive, preserved lemons
Forbidden rice pudding
Hot ginger lemon apple cider x 2 (spiked + unspiked)
The Little Chihuahua
Castro District | Website
A taqueria chain where we ate tacos, nachos, burritos, all the works, etc.
3870 17th St. | Website
I feel very sad about not making it on time to Frances to order more than just desserts, but our dinner friends were kind and forward thinking enough to order extra sides to share with us.
Panisse Frites – chickpeas fritters with lemon & olive oil aioli
Ricotta Gnocchi with English peas and Meyer lemon
Santa Barbara White Sea Bass with squash, sweet peppers, and tomato fumet
Sonoma Duck Breast with kale, fennel, roasted fig, spiced duck jus
Lumberjack Cake – Fuji Apple, Nectarine, Coconut, Medjool Date, Maple Ice Cream (I literally zoned out while eating this, maybe it was the hunger or it was just that good)
Cornmeal Fritter – Meyer Lemon and Summer Berry Ice Cream, Berry Compote, Creme Fraiche
2011 Chardonnay, Sonoma
2534 Mission Street | Website
A tad disappointing as Foreign Cinema turned out to be more gimmicky than I thought. My memory is foggy about this dinner, but I didn’t enjoy it that much.
Littleneck Clams (Cape Cod); An asparagus cream soup; Gemelli pasta; Sesame fried chicken; White wine – a verdicchio…