Commonwealth SF Report
This week I had a chance to visit Commonwealth which opened in the Mission last month. The restaurant, run by Bar Tartine alumni, offers a fine dining menu in a casual environment. The style of food is sophisticated yet accessible and the value is outstanding. We sampled the majority of the menu and found each dish expertly executed.
The standouts were the dishes at the top of the menu card. The chilled summer squash soup was perfect for a summer evening, both rich and refreshing with some complexity from the vadouvan and a crisp fried blossom. The compressed watermelon dish was also a hit, the watermelon was sweet and bright, with a crunch texture that played against a savory dollop of creamy sauce. We enjoyed their gnocchi which was light and creamy with the full flavor of mushroom and truffle coming through. This is a familiar dish executed perfectly and probably the most boldly flavored of the first courses. Out of the entrees, I enjoyed the marrow stuffed squid, but wasn't as taken by the black cod or hen preparations, though my table mates enjoyed all the entrees.
We ordered all the desserts they had available. The desserts were so good that as soon as we finished them we briefly discussed the idea of ordering another round of all of them. All the first course dishes are worthy of ordering again as well as the entire dessert card.
The tasting menu had a few interesting items such as goat cooked in hay and a foie gras dish, that we did not have an opportunity to try. I love seeing a kitchen take some risks and offer creative dishes, at their prices there's every reason to give them a try. The place is off to a nice start, I'm looking forward to seeing how their menu evolves.
2224 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Thanks for the report. Visiting SF next week and have a reservation to Commonwealth. Wasn't sure whether or not to keep the reservation, definitely leaning on keeping it.
Anyone care to share their experiences?
How are the portions?
re: TNT Adventures
I thought the prices were very reasonable - the food actually reminds me a lot of Commis', but at a lower price point and in a noisier, more cramped environment. I loved the black cod and the lamb tongue. The gnocchi is almost identical to the prior version at Bar Tartine - it was one of my favorite dishes there, but it didn't seem to mesh well with the rest of the menu.
The silverware is the same as Commis' as well... I'm looking forward to seeing if Bauer blasts Commonwealth for being pretentious too, or if he just saves that for ambitious restaurants in the East Bay.
561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611
re: TNT Adventures
I went on Friday. It's great from a Socal resident perspective. The cooking is superb, the portions are decent sized, the ingredients are fresh and highlight the season. Everything was tasty and not too experimental. Prices are more than fair.
You have Ludobites here in LA getting national acclaim doing weird dishes that work about half the time and charging about 50% more. Commonwealth is by no means trying to hard in my book.
I highly recommend it.
i'm dying to try this place. there's another thread on here by someone else who tried and loved Commonwealth within a couple weeks i believe of its opening.
I went last week and tried the tasting menu with wine pairings. I was impressed by the creativity of the dishes, a bit of molecular gastronomy in the goat dish with the yogurt blobs, but overall I did leave a bit hungry. I think, looking at the other tables around me, that the regular menu is the best route to go here because you get a bit more portions and there are just as creative dishes on the regular menu compared to the tasting.
I really liked the chilled summer squash soup and the uni egg custard from the tasting menu. The goat was pretty good, and probably the only decent sized dish, but the foie gras was a bit underwhelming and the final dessert plate was a bit mixed (not a fan of flavored marshmallow).
The service was super nice, although the girls at the front seem a bit inexperienced or young because they seemed a bit confused.
The tasting menu is $60 and $10 goes to a charity, which is nice. If you add wine pairing, it goes up to $90. I wasn't in love with the wine pairings. There were interesting selections, but the matches didn't seem to sing to me. But decent size pours.
You can check out my photos of the tasting menu here: http://singleguychef.blogspot.com/201...
re: Justin L
I actually think a lot of people are going the ala carte route. You can get some of the dishes from the tasting menu on the ala carte menu. I haven't ordered off the ala carte menu, but just from looking at the tables around me when I was there for the tasting menu, I would recommend maybe sharing a couple of starters and then each order an entree. When ordering entrees, you can also ask the server if they'd recommend getting any sides because sometimes dishes in fancier places like this just serve the main ingredient and that's it. Let us know what you think of the ala carte menu!