Went here for a birthday dinner date. (=
Lovely on the outside!
Lovely on the inside!
But the seats were uncomfortable as if they don’t want you to stay and enjoy your meal.
The ginger beer was awesome, makes me want to find and buy some!
Got the “Let The Kitchen Decide” and was stuffed! Everything the kitchen decided on was good.
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!
I ended up not caring for the liver mousse. The gf liked it though!
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.
The raw halibut came with avocado, rhubarb & lovage. Was tasty but not particularly memorable, aside from its aesthetic.
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.
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.
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.
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)!
And the bathroom was clean!
Central Kitchen, 3000 20th St., San Francisco, CA 94110