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Fish & Farm

Coming to the city next week and have reservations a the above spot. Moved away a year ago ago and this is something new that we thought we'd try. Question??? Should we go there or head to someplace else??? Lived there for 8 years and just love new places but not BAD new places.

Thanks for the help. A previous Bay Area Chowhound.

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  1. Windy, susancinsf and I had dinner there back in June and enjoyed it: good food, low key. If you look on the places link you'll see all the threads that discuss it.

    Fish and Farm
    339 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      Hubby and I went back a few weeks ago...and enjoyed it, though not as much as my first visit. Service was very good, appetizers were delicious. However, my halibut was overcooked, which was a disappointment: I do like halibut to be served very rare, and have decided after getting it overcooked to my taste too often lately (with the notable exception of Chez Panisse Cafe, where I had a perfect piece of halilbut) that I have to be very specific about how I like it done...In addition, the dessert we shared was disappointing: it was a Frog Hollow peach tart, IIRC, but the crust was hard and tasteless, and there was more custard filling than peaches...

      Nonetheless, I'd go back; I particularly like the commitment to sustainable sourcing. Not sure I'd put it at the top of a list of new places to try as a visitor, however .

    2. I think it's very good, but I wouldn't necessarily suggest it as a spot to go with only limited time to spend for dinners out. What other restaurants did you like when you lived here?

      1. I had a good though not particularly memorable dinner there. I'd be happy to go back if a friend wanted to go there but it's not on my current list of places I'm eager to return to.

        1. I would not recommend Fish and Farm. The service is rude, the food is just OK (nothing special and the original chef has left) and the location (Tenderloin) is not ideal. The concept of local food is neat, but they do not execute well. When we dined there, non-local salmon was on the menu. There are SO many great places in SF that you should not waste your precious few meals in the city on this place. There are a lot of good new restaurants that are recommended on this board and plenty of standby favorites.

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          1. re: plainjane

            There is no such thing as local salmon right now; the season was cancelled. My understanding is that the commitment of the restaurant is to sustainability first, and use of local products when possible.

            1. re: susancinsf

              You're correct - they don't guarantee that everything on the menu will be local. The salmon they serve is Loch Duart, which, while not local, is farmed in a sustainable manner. I've tried it, because it's available in other restaurants and at fish markets in the Bay Area, and find it to be a decent substitute for locally available wild salmon.

              1. re: farmersdaughter

                I'd go with Robert's rec - it was an ok dinner, not remarkable. For the same price I know I could have hit up a bunch of different SF spots with much better food and ambiance. If you are only in town for a short stay I'd go somewhere else.

          2. I really enjoyed my dinner here. Everything was well prepared, nicely presented and not too fussy. It's a fairly quiet restaurant, easy to talk quite comfortable and as Ruth Lafler indicated low key. The wine list is short but very well selected. I think it's worth checking out

            1. We went there last night for the George Morrone dinner because it was recommended on Chowhond. It was disappointing.
              We ate:
              Corn Chowder- Good. Nice bacon flavor. Texture of the soup a bit grainy. All I could think about though was a corn chowder I recently ate at Ubuntu which was far superior.
              Crab Cakes- Good but not great. Kind of generic tasting.
              A sashimi style dish with tuna. Completely overwhelmed by sesame oil. All I could think of was “WHAT was the chef thinking?”
              We both got Salmon. As was previously mentioned, the Salmon is farmed. While Loch Duart Salmon can taste good, its nowhere near as tasty as wild salmon and probably has less good omega 3 fatty acids. One of the Salmon plates was well prepared and the other was overcooked and dry. The well prepared one was just ok, and it did not really compare to the wild grilled salmon we have been making at home all summer. I wished I had ordered the duck instead (the only other choice that evening) but I really was not in the mood for duck.
              The desserts:
              Bananas foster- probably the best dish of the evening. All of the ingredients, banana bread, bananas and ice cream were exceptional.
              Cream fritters- donut like fritters. Very heavy and bland. Definitely not worth the calories.
              I will not be returning to this restaurant and would not recommend it.

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              1. re: Ridge

                Thanks for the report back, and sorry to hear it was disappointing. I am curious: did you ask for different doneness levels for the two plates of salmon, or did they just send out two inconsistently prepared dishes?

                1. re: susancinsf

                  We didn’t specify that one of the salmons be more well done. They just came that way.