- Tida Dec 1, 2000 11:09 AM
Has anyone seen matsutakes in the Bay Area? I usually buy my mushrooms at the Ferry bldg. farmers' market on Saturdays but have not seen these there.
I don't know too much about mushrooms and have only started experimenting with different varieties in my cooking. I love earthy, chewy, "meaty" mushrooms like porcinis. I had some matsutakes in a stewed rabbit/red-wine dish at Foreign Cinema last week, they exhibited the qualities I just listed, and it blew me away. So now I'm on a matsutake hunt. Any help would be appreciated!
re: Paul Spiegel
Coincidentally, I was at Maruwa earlier today and can confirm that it just happens to be in stock right now!
Because of the cost and how much flavor it provides, real Matsutake is only used in slivers. If a restaurant was using it in a stew, it probably was not the real thing.
Berkeley Bowl is a good bet. I have seen matsutakes there before, but not recently. I was actually looking for these little buggers myself the last time I was at the Bowl (2 weeks ago) but I didn't see any. I was in Andronicos in the Sunset (Irving St.?) about a month ago and they had some. Be prepared for some sticker shock, they are mucho pricy! Good Luck!