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Great eats in SF - A report of our short trip

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Excellent eats during our latest trip to SF:

We started the week with a dinner at Quince. Excellent service. Attentive, knowledgeable, and down to earth. Our appetizers were equally excellent - the porcini sformato was creamy, earthy and the pure essence of porcinis; the deep fried squash blossoms came out piping hot and oozed a yummy mozzarella/ricotta mixture. We split a pasta dish (can’t recall the type of pasta) prepared with morels, cream, and leeks. Delicious and light, despite the creamy sauce. Our entrees were somewhat disappointing. I had the petrasole, which tasted a bit plain, and my SO had the hangar steak in porcini sauce. The sauce didn’t really have pronounced porcini flavors and the steak was fairly ordinary. Overall, a great meal. I would return but only for the appetizers and pastas.

The following night we had dinner at Ino Sushi. We ordered omakase and were overall pleased. The fish was fresh and we had some outstanding pieces of toro and sea bream. The sushi chef was friendly but very hurried and the pacing was off. We waited 10 minutes for one round of nigiri and then were bombarded with three different kinds of nigiri during another round. While this was a fine sushi meal, it doesn’t compare to some our favorites in LA (Hamakawa, Ike).

We topped off our sushi meal with a double cones of Mitchell’s ice cream. Very rich, very creamy, and very delicious, especially the macupuno. (Not an every day ice cream, but great for a treat.)

Lunch at Canteen. We would likely eat here every week if possible. Our starters were unbelievable. A sweet corn soup with basil was the pure essence of summer corn. And a fig and gorgonzola salad laced with agrodolce brought us back to one our favorite lunches in Italy. I had a tuna nicoise salad as my main. Chunks of seared tuna mixed together with a salad of yellow wax beans, fennel and roasted red pepper all married together with this olive oil and egg yolk mixture. Very delicious. My SO had a veal scallopini sandwich that was delicious and decadent - not an every day lunch but certainly a great splurge lunch.

Dinner at Olivetto. WOW WOW WOW. This was one of the most enjoyable meals we’ve had in a long time. The service was some inattentive, but the food was so great it made up for any lapses in service. We started with the charcuterie plate was delicious and so home made tasting. Then we moved to the crostone of smoked pork and tomato confit. The flavors were big, bold, and sang together to create an utterly delicious dish. We then had a pigeon stuffed ravioli (which tasted like foie gras stuffed ravioli) and a nettle paparadelle with rabbit. Both fantastic. We finished by splitting the porchetta. Delicious, but a bit fatty. (Generally we love pork belly, but the pork belly here was just over the top for us. I’m sure others would go nuts on it.)

Dessert: We stopped at Whole Foods and bought a pint of Dr. Bob Scharffenberger ice cream and Strauss’s raspberry ice cream. The latter was outstanding - tasted like fresh berries and cream, just blended and frozen.

Thanks SF for some great eats!

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  1. And thank you for reporting back. I have not been inspired to try Quince again but I am now.

    1. Sounds like many of my favorite bay area foods. I love the pasta at Quince. Maybe instead of Ino sushi try Kiss sushi next time.