Bar Tartine dinner, nice!
I had dinner tonight (7/16/09) at Bar Tartine and had an excellent time. Very nice casual bistro type atmosphere. I had a refreshing house-made grapefruit soda that was delicious with the Tartine bread and butter. For a starter I tried the Chicken liver pate and it was excellent with toasted bread, grainy mustard, pickled red onion and nice arugula salad. For the main course I had the hanger steak (med rare) with warm bread salad, roasted cherry tomatoes and haricots verts. So good and a nice glass of Bordeaux (Ch. Parenchere, $9.50) was an excellent pairing. I even had room for dessert called Affogato, which was a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream in a cone glass with a double shot espresso poured overneath at the table. Yum. Total with tax and tip was $75 and a bargain for the quality.
Anybody tried Bar Tartine since Nick Balla took over? Apparently he's brought some Hungarian influences. Menus are currently offline and the place will be closed most of this coming week.
561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Sadly, the Scoop and various other sources are reporting that chef Fox will be leaving Bar Tartine in a month, after 2 years there. I really appreciated the balance the food had between complex prep and top-notch ingredients that were enhanced rather than muffled by his techniques. The old chef from Slow Club/Serpentine, Kronner, will take over. The way the new menu is described, it looks like it will be a Serpentine/Range/Maverick clone, which bugs me. We already have enough examples of that type of restaurant, which I like, but don't want to go to every time I go out.