Michael Mina's RN74 in San Francisco
SFgate has an article on this new restaurant that opens next Friday April 24. Sounds like a reasonably priced restaurant.
Also you can book reservations on Opentable now.
Since I walk by the building literally every day (it's right across from the Transbay Terminal), I'll have to check it out. Looks like, if nothing else, a nice place to stop for a glass of wine and a snack after a hard day at the office.
Apparently its going to have a crazy burgundy centric BTG wine list, and even crazier bottle list. Food may be reasonably priced, but wine is going to kill the bill.
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RN74 from Michael Mina in the Millennium Tower serves French-American cuisine. The wine bar has slightly cheaper items. It is named after the highway that goes through the Burgundy region of France. (Inspired by A16?)
Huge 69 page wine list, Jason Berthold’s (French Laundry, Per se) seasonal menus, Wine Bar, and Restaurant. They have wine boards all over the room with a low markup wine board showing today’s bottle specials when only 1 bottle is left.
Decor- $4.5 million make this a beautiful restaurant with stylish booths, unique walls full of wine listings, and a large elegant bar area. Moderately loud french techno music was blaring. Walkways are cramped though. Folks were mostly well dress locals in their 30’s to 40’s. We even saw Mayor Brown.
You can select one item from each section for $48 and save a couple bucks.
Foie Gras Terrine ($19) with strawberries, shaved celery, poppy seed marmalade, brioche was excellent. The terrine had a strawberry jello accent on top that perfectly balanced the rich foie gras. Top notch brioche too.
Liberty Farm Duck Confit ($19) with barley, shitake mushrooms, green garlic, barrel aged tamari had a very nice crispy skin and tender flavorful meat. One of the better confits we’ve had in a while. The barley’s sauce was too heavy and salty.
Grilled Grass-Fed Beef ($19) with savoy cabbage, potatoes, thumbelina carrots, bone marrow bordelaise vinagrette was awesome. The meat was tender and flavorful, some of the best steak we’ve had, too bad you could eat it all in 2 bites.
Herb-Roasted Lamb Loin ($19) with navarin of chantrelle mushrooms, fava beans, young turnips, mint had some high quality lamb with minimal gaminess. Cooked perfectly and bundles with some nice vegetables.
Maine Sea Scallops ($17) with sunchokes, tardivo, lovage, wildflower honey was very good. 2 fresh, big, and perfectly cooked scallops with crispy carmelized tops and some nice accompaniments that infused a sweet flavor.
Olive Oil-Poached wild caught halibut ($17) with beech mushrooms, english peas, cippolini onion, watercress was excellent. The portion was on the small side with 3 maybe 4 bites. Cooked just right and accented by the vegetables.
Spring Garlic Agnolotti ($17) with stinging nettles, asparagus, black truffle, brown butter, castlemango cheese was an excellent pasta. The truffles turned this dish into something really special. Again portion size was very small.
Chocolate Delice ($9) Roasted Banana, Brown butter Cashew ice cream was very slick, with a little taste of each item layed out. Very delicious and highly recommended.
Napa Valley Strawberries ($9) Baby Fennel, Pound Cake croutons, basil, creme fraiche sorbet was a beautiful looking but fairly light dessert. Sorbet was delightful.
Marinated cold beets ($15) with belgian endive, sicilian pistachios, green peppercorn was a decent salad with nice tasting beet but at this high price, we’d spend $2 more and get a meat dish.
Vanilla Gelato ($9) pineapple, olive oil genoise, sea salt was fair. The pineapple was pretty sour and did not balance out the rest of the dish.
Grilled Cobia ($17) with tokyo turnips, broccoli rabe, sour cherry black olive emulsion was a well cooked but the fish itself was too fishy. Stick to the halibut.
Caipirinha Vert ($10) was way too sour. Stick to the wine.
RN74’s service was very good to excellent with it slightly fading as the place filled up. Busy boys were constantly circling, so water was always filled and napkins folded the moment you got up. Our server was pretty knowledgeable and fairly friendly.
Food was excellent as we expected but what surprised us was the small portions. Most folks will need to order the 3 course bundle and a dessert to be full, significantly increasing check prices. The original thoughts of nothing above $17 inferring a low cost meal were not fulfilled.
In the end, RN74 made for an excellent dining experience with top notch food, service, and tons of wine options. Michael Mina has done it again.
re: Robert Lauriston
3 adults. I would say we were about 85% full afterwards, not stuffed. Keep in mind that we are 'average' eaters, not ones that of eat super sized portions of food at a sitting. It is pricey but worth it as the food quality is high. I wouldn't mind having double portions of some of the super tasty dishes like the Rib Eye or pasta..
The music was not as loud as places like Pizza Nostra or Tipsy pig but was noticeable..
The no items over $18 talk basically is not very pertinent. Each adult would need the $48 3 selection meal plus a $9 dessert to be satisfied.
Overall the food beat our expectations by a mile, while the prices also surpassed what we expected.
I'd agree that the food is good but not necessarily a good value. For similar prices per dish, you can get a full sized item at Murray Circle, for example.
Sampled the Agnolotti, the foie, and the chicken croquettes. The portion size of the pasta was quite small as noted but it had a great truffle smell. Much stronger smell then taste. Foie was quite tasty, not enough brioche, but they brought me more (brioche, not foie) when I asked for it. Chicken croquettes were just ok, not really recomennded.
The pours are 5 oz for a full glass and 2.5 oz for a taste. They have one of those enomatic machines that dispense exact pours.
I think that this place is best for a glass of wine or two, maybe with a snack, then a place for dinner.
Last night the menu offered three dishes for $48, which though a relative deal compared to ala carte still doesn't provide a lot of food. The imposing wine list is mostly bereft of bargains.
I think the best strategy here is to stick to the wines by the glass (interesting and reasonably priced) and order a dish or two to graze on while sipping. Despite all of the tables, I don't regard RN74 as a dinner destination, it is a very upscale, swank and theme-focused wine bar.
$48 for what are apparently 3 tiny plates? Huh, wonder how long after the first blush it will last in this economy. Think I'll stick with the still delicious SPQR which is less than half the price.