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I had completely forgotten about our dinner there in December. 

 

Anyone who is a serious eater here on eGullet needs to come here soon. Highly recommended. @MetsFan5 - here is one place you might love over Gary Danko. You too @rancho_gordo.

 

I'll let the pix speak for themselves...

 

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Horchata - Koshihikari rice, almonds, black cardamom, cinnamon.

 

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Scallop chicharrón, scallop ceviche, crème fraîche.

 

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Jicama empanada, shiso, pumpkin, salmon roe.

 

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Smoked mushroom taco with pickled wild mushrooms.

 

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Dungeness crab tostada, sour orange segments, sour orange-habanero salsa, Castelfranco radicchio, tarragon.

 

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Pineapple guava sorbet

 

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Fuyu persimmon, habanero honey, tarragon

 

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Tasmanian trout ceviche, dashi, Granny Smith apple

 

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Aguachile, parsnip, red bell pepper

 

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Black bean tamales steamed in banana leaves, with salsa on the side

 

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Smoked squab broth, pomegranate seeds, cilantro flowers

 

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Tres frijoles with sturgeon caviar, shallots and edible gold leaf

 

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Black cod, salsa verde, green grapes

 

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Wagyu beef, pickled onion

 

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Smoked squab breast served with spiced cranberry sauce, quince simmered in cranberry juice, pickled Japanese turnips and charred scallion, and sourdough flour tortillas

 

Yes, it's the same squab from which the broth was made.

 

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And now the desserts:

 

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Foie gras churro, with foie gras mousse, cinnamon sugar, served with hot milk chocolate infused with cinnamon, Lustau sherry and coffee.

 

By the time I remembered to take a pic, I'd eaten half of the churro. Dunk the churro into the chocolate.

 

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Dulce de leche spooned atop pear sorbet with chunks of Asian pear, macadamia nut butter

 

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Pecan ice cream, candied pecans, shortbread cookie, apples, clarified butter

 

The cookie was on top of the apples. Break the cookie and spoon everything over.

 

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Cherry extract digestif, vermouth, sweet Mexican lime

 

We'll definitely return. I'm an instant fan.

 

Prepaid tix were $230 per person, plus there were additional charges due to wine pairings. It's worth every cent you'll spend.

 

Californios
3115 22nd Street (South Van Ness)
Mission District

 

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Thanks that looks great. Although I don’t like foie grad (I know! And I don’t like uni or organ meats in general. I know, just take my membership away and I’ll go make Kraft dinner ;) )

  I’m sure they’d sub it out. The rest of the dishes look amazing! Thanks again! 

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12 hours ago, MetsFan5 said:

  I’m sure they’d sub it out. The rest of the dishes look amazing! Thanks again! 

 

They definitely would. My hubby doesn't like tarragon, fennel or anything that reminds him of anise. And they accommodated him as well.

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