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Apr 11, 2010 10:19 AM


We have reservations at Quince this Wed night. I'm starting to doubt my choice after friends have told me it's not the same Quince as before. (I have never been to Quince in the new or old location) Can I get an update from anyone who has been recently?
I'm thinking of changing reservations to The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton which I have enjoyed in the past or Acquerello, which I've never been to. Any advice would be appreciated! Who knows where I can even get a reservation at this late date. (Gary Danko is out...just there 2 weeks ago for my yearly splurge that always meets or exceeds my expectations)
Thanks for the help!

Acquerello Restaurant
1722 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94109

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  1. One really early report. days after reopening, and a noise level report with a fairly positive food comment.

    1. Good timing - I took my wife and two kids (teenagers) there last Friday for dinner, and we had one of the best meals in quite awhile. I was skeptical/nervous because at that price point I get pretty picky, and am usually more disappointed than thrilled, but I thought they delivered on all counts - food, ambiance, and service.

      We had only one starter (I wanted it but no one else wanted starters) - the asparagus/speck/parmagiano salad, which was very nice - shaved asparagus in a very light dressing, with nice bits of speck to complement the flavor.

      For mains, we had the following:

      1. Artichoke pasta pillows excellent, freshly made delicate wrappers and a rich, but not overpowering filling - just right, I thought.

      2. The Liberty Farms Duck (really nicely cooked,and a wonderful mini-timbale of potato/spinach/bacon and some other items I forget. One of the best duck preps recently, not super-exciting but very nicely executed.

      3. The Soul Food Farms chicken - this was "chicken 3 ways" and despite my wife's inclination to never order something as ordinary as chicken, this turned out to be really nicely assembled - there was a deboned and deep fried "wing", another piece (thigh with skin?) and a beautiful piece of breast meet with black forest mushrooms - one of the nicest pieces of chicken in recent memory - it was perfectly tender and moist, but not overly salty as can happen with brined chicken. Really excellent!

      4. I had the Alaskan Halibut, and it had to be one of the best pieces of halibut (in terms of both quality and preparation) that I've had, period. Very simply pan fried (I think) it was perfectly tender and the flavors of the sauce (a Riesling-based cream sauce) just perfectly completed the delicate flavor of the fish. Again, one of the best preps I've had anywhere.

      For desserts we tried two of their desserts - an excellent tangerine souffle that had been finished with a torch to give the outside a bit of a firmer finish (almost carmelized?) - bright clear tangerine flavor. We also had the Rhubarb concerto which was a number of interesting rhubarb-flavored gels and mousses, along with a very nice granita of rhubarb - we were expecting more of a tart with accompaniments but it was nice - just not what we were expecting.

      The service also bears mention - all of the servers, the main waiter and the bussers were exceptionally well-trained, polite and friendly. My son particularly liked their house-made breads (four types that night) and one of the waiters kept coming by with the basket offering him more. They were very accommodating and helpful to a polite teenager.

      All in all it was one of the best meals we've had as a family, and I thought well worth it for the price - with two glasses of wine (a Muga Rioja, and a Languedoc-Roussillon, and two coffees, it all came to $220 including tax - very reasonable given the quality of food and service.

      Enjoy your time there - I almost went to Acquarello for this meal, but a knowledgeable friend convinced me to try Quince. I'm glad I did...

      Quince Restaurant
      470 Pacific Av, San Francisco, CA 94133

      Soul Food Farm
      6046 Pleasants Valley Rd, Vacaville, CA 95688

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      1. re: RichInMV

        Forgot to mention the nice amuse - a coconut curry with crab bisque - nice flavors in this warm "shooter."

        Also, at the end of the meal, we each were presented with three mignardise - a chocolate "cake" with gold leaf, nice crumb and not too sweet; a blood orange gelee - perfect flavor and texture; and a "coffee" flavored marshmallow - nice texture but the flavor was rather odd.

      2. Any recommendations on the current a la carte menu, besides the duck mentioned above? Thanks!