Central Kitchen, San Francisco

Went here for a birthday dinner date. (=

Lovely on the outside!
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Lovely on the inside!
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But the seats were uncomfortable as if they don’t want you to stay and enjoy your meal.
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The ginger beer was awesome, makes me want to find and buy some!
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Got the “Let The Kitchen Decide” and was stuffed! Everything the kitchen decided on was good.
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The pickled vegetables were refreshing and made a good palate cleanser; wish there was another cleanser or two within the meal; perhaps next time I’ll pace myself on that dish!
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I ended up not caring for the liver mousse. The gf liked it though!
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The bread-upon-request was ok. The bread was good, but nothing special considering that this is SF. I suppose it’s pretty to get your butter on a piece of wood.
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The raw halibut came with avocado, rhubarb & lovage. Was tasty but not particularly memorable, aside from its aesthetic.
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The seaweed pasta chitarra had mussels, sea urchin, bottarga, and bread crumb. I thought it tasted like ocean in a good way, but the gf didn’t like this one so much. Otherwise nice al dente pasta, with a smooth, creamy sauce.
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One of the truly inspiring dishes was the asparagus!

The asparagus dish set the bar for me on the potential of asparagus; it was grilled, buttery (bone marrow vinaigrette), savory (egg yolk), and the crunchy bits (fried meat?) + lemon zest really worked well. I wish I could make this! I would come back just for this.
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Actually, I came because of the duck, which was included in the meal. I really enjoyed it, as it was served two ways and everything on the plate (e.g., fingerling potatoes, cherries) paired well with it. I would come back just for this too.
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The second inspiring dish was the chocolate dessert!

The chocolate dessert was a mix of opposites in texture, temperature, and taste. Soft and crunchy¬†(chocolate pudding, candied almonds), cold and hot (coffee ice cream & chocolate biscotti), sweet and savory (all aforementioned). Though those don’t sound exotic, the combination told me that someone knew exactly what was going on. I couldn’t have done it better myself! I will be back for this (unless it isn’t offered on the menu)!
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And the bathroom was clean!

Central Kitchen, 3000 20th St., San Francisco, CA 94110