Short reviews: Perbacco, Range, Hog Island
Spent the weekend in SF
Perbacco: Ate here Friday night. Very welcoming host/hostess. Nice space (what is it with SF and narrow rooms and brick!) Bread sticks were probably the best I've ever had. Great crudo, very fresh. We had the hamachi, which was drizzled with just the right amount of olive oil. Salt cod potato gratin app was the closest to the bacalo I had in Spain that I’ve found in the U.S. Angnollati with veal was perfect and sauce was great. Meltingly tender. Possibly my favorite dish of the weekend. Short rib main was good and served with great polenta. We had a really interesting dessert too, not sure what it’s called but it was pumpkin based and served with various fruits. Very seasonal and delicious. Went great with its wine pairing. Our server wasn't outstanding. His descriptions of the dishes were good but we sometimes had to wait for our wine that was supposed to be paired with the dishes we were eating.
Range I really, really love, too. Great concept. I like everything about this place. Short menu, local products, sustainable, etc. Server was terrific here, friendly, knowledgable. We had the pumpkin ravioli, which was delish, but I don't think anything could have lived up to that veal from Perbacco. Still, very good in its own right. We also had a green peppercorn-crusted venison. Medium rare almost erroring on the rare side. SOOO yummy. Braised pork osso bucco was great also. Both Venison and Pork paired great with the Miner Oracle. Our dessert tart was fresh and tasty too.
Hog Island we popped into on Saturday afternoon. No wait for a table. Had the Hog Island mix (definitely prefer the sweetwaters; atlantics were kind of sour, not spoiled sour, just not the lovlieness of the sweeetwaters. Also had the baked oysters with chanterelles and cream. Delish. Pairs great with the Riesling on the menu. Great bread there, too!