So, we have been. It was wet, very wet.
Favourite was Commonwealth. Tasting menu and wine pairing was really good. The foie chocolate bon-bon was really remarkable, but the whole meal was excellent. I also like the $10 donation idea. We also got a couple of additional items and a glass of cava. The place was packed on a Tuesday night and it is easy to see why. If I was in town this is where I would go back to first.
Cotogna - very nice lunch on valentine’s day. No half baked special menu or odd valentine’s themes. Great pasta, fine Halibut tartare and a nicely charred, rare, hanger steak. Nice wine too at good prices. We went to Prospect for nibbles and cocktails - happy hour.
Barrique. We stopped by for some wine a couple of times. We had a couple of good flights. Nice place and friendly people.
Other places we went to and enjoyed - some less than others:
Mo's burgers - north beach. Very good.
Frances. Nice early dinner. Service was good and the food was tasty. Ate a bit too much. Good food but I expected a little more. Good value though.
Boulevard. Lunched on very good scallops, Kobe cheese burger, crab stuffed artichokes and a Kobe bavette. Very busy, not too expensive at lunchtime. Enjoyable enough. Excellent Blue bottle Coffee and Miette macaroons in the ferry building to follow.
Jai Yun. Spicy, multi-course Chinese lunch - $19. Good.
Casual / happy hour food and drink at il cane rosso and delicia in the ferry building. Not bad quality and fair prices at happy hour. Bar Fly on Sutter. Near our Hotel – not a bad bar. Some good value drinks. Food was ok if not amazing.
As is usual for us, we spent quite a lot of time in the ferry building, especially the wine merchants!
Breakfast varied from sausage on a stick, in the ferry building butchers to chupacabra in canteen. Other breakfasts included il cane rosso, Bluebottle. A Vietnamese (Golden orchid) in China town and had a couple of bowls of breakfast pho. It was quite busy, cheap and enjoyable.
We also breakfasted in Kuletos to avoid another soaking. It was not bad, probably better than I expected. Saturday we brunched in Canteen. All good tasty stuff.
We finished off with dinner in Coi. I had very high expectations. The food did not quite hit the mark for me. Some things were quite good, some less so. Nothing really stood our as excellent. The buttermilk poached chicken was particularly unimpressive, overdone chicken and mushy squash. We ordered four courses from the tasting menu and four from the lounge. We ate mostly everything. Nothing was terrible, just no wow factor, all in all too expensive to miss the target. Coi not for moi.
There are other bits to add, but in the main, that’s how it went. Some plans changed. Still never hired that car. The rain was quite a dominant factor. Weather aside we had a great trip. Thanks all for advice and recs.
Edited by MaLO, 02 March 2011 - 02:05 PM.