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Goose on restaurant menus -- Suppenkuche, where else?

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Joan Kureczka Dec 21, 2010 09:18 AM

We enjoyed the holiday goose last year at Suppenkuche, and it's back on as a special all this week at least. Very delicious meat in a richly flavored sauce, with some of the best red cabbage I've had anywhere. Unfortunately it also comes with a potato dumpling, which I mostly left. For me anyway, potato dumplings are unredeemable in any form, being much too gluey even in the best renditions.

Their suckling pig -- which was fabulous in October -- is also back on the specials menu. These come with (much better) bread dumplings.

Any other restaurants in San Francisco with goose for the holidays (other than Chez Panisse's goose choucroute next Monday)?

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Chez Panisse
1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Suppenkuche
525 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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  1. Ruth Lafler RE: Joan Kureczka Dec 21, 2010 09:30 AM

    I assume that if Suppenkuche is serving it, then Speisekammer is as well. I know they have in the past.

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    Speisekammer
    2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

    Suppenkuche
    525 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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      mariacarmen RE: Ruth Lafler Dec 26, 2010 07:43 PM

      I had Suppenkuche's goose tonight - it was really good.

      But (off-topic) I have to say the best dish of the night was a special of white sausage made of chicken, pork and truffles, with an incredibly smooth buttery potato puree and sweet peas. fantastic. But, (back on topic) the goose was great too. And they'll have it on the menu for the next few days.

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      Suppenkuche
      525 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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      dolcevita_sf RE: Joan Kureczka Dec 21, 2010 12:14 PM

      Jardiniere had goose on their Xmas eve menu last year. Website says they're serving dinner this year, but the menu isn't posted.

      Molly Stone's is selling goose, if you're willing to cook it yourself.

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        celeryroot RE: Joan Kureczka Dec 21, 2010 12:26 PM

        Schroeder's normally has it on menu at Christmas.

        1. Pei RE: Joan Kureczka Dec 26, 2010 08:46 PM

          I just had goose at Walzwerk a week ago. Had a very similar preparation to what you describe, down to the gluey potato dumpling.

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          Walzwerk
          381 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103

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            mariacarmen RE: Pei Dec 27, 2010 08:39 AM

            are they affiliated restaurants? i thought i'd read once that they were, but now i think i'm wrong. i substituted spaetzle for my dumpling with my goose at Suppenkuche, which was a good pairing.

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            Suppenkuche
            525 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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              twocents RE: mariacarmen Dec 27, 2010 09:46 AM

              Not affiliated. Suppenkuche has been around longer; Speisekammer was opened by people who had worked at Suppenkuche but I don't believe there is a formal business connection. Walzwerk was opened by two women from East Germany (only one of which I think is still involved (Christina Schmidt?)). Schmidt's in the Mission is related to Walzwerk.

              Walzwerk had always been my favorite, but this year I think the food at Suppenkuche has been a little better than Walzwerk and Schmidt's. Had a decent lunch at Speisekammer recently, too. I think all are good options, with the win going to whichever one's atmosphere you like best, and which dishes you order.

              Never been to Schroeder's.

              On a side note, is there such a thing as a non-gluey potato dumpling? I've always assumed that that's basically it.

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              Speisekammer
              2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

              Suppenkuche
              525 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102

              Walzwerk
              381 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103

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                mariacarmen RE: twocents Dec 27, 2010 11:14 AM

                ok, i had it confused.
                On my one visit to Walzwerk about 2 years ago, I did not like their food at all - found their schnitzel dry and other items bland. and i do agree that Suppenkuche's food is much better now than i remember it being many years ago. Have wanted to try Schmidt's as it's in my neighborhod. How would you compare Walzwerk to Schmidt's?

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                Suppenkuche
                525 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102

                Walzwerk
                381 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103

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                  Joan Kureczka RE: mariacarmen Dec 28, 2010 05:44 AM

                  Walzwerk is much better than it was 2 years ago. I was ready to give up on them then, but more recently it has been quite good. On the other hand, Suppenkuche is in top form now, as good or better than most of the places we frequent each fall in Munich.

                  Suppenkuche is definitely Bavarian in style, while Walzwerk is more East German. So fairly different menus with a certain amount of overlap.

                  Schmidt's is more of just a wurst place (with a few other dishes) and we prefer Walzwerk, both for the food and the ambiance.

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                  Suppenkuche
                  525 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102

                  Walzwerk
                  381 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103

                  1. re: Joan Kureczka
                    mariacarmen RE: Joan Kureczka Dec 28, 2010 08:00 AM

                    thanks, don't know enough about German cuisine, but this good to know.

          2. Ruth Lafler RE: Joan Kureczka Dec 28, 2010 08:14 AM

            Just an FYI to look out for next year: Perbacco had a special goose menu earlier this month (looks delicious, wish I'd seen it in time!).

            CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH PERBACCO'S TORINO MENU!
            December 7-18
            The holiday season is here! Perbacco will celebrate with a menu dedicated to the flavors and cuisine of Torino, Italy. Inspired by Owners Umberto Gibin and Staffan Terje's experiences in this historic and elegant city, the menu includes special dishes and ingredients from Umberto's youth and the holiday traditions he experienced growing up in Italy. Apart from a few separately priced items, the four-course set menu will be available for $45 per person.

            Staffan Terje's deliciously crafted menu will include dishes such as Rotolo D'oca Con Marroni (Slow Roasted Goose with Braised Chestnuts, Jerusalem Artichokes and Natural Jus) and Agnolotti al Brasato di Bramaterra (Pasta filled with Braised Short Ribs). Perfect for the holidays, an indulgent dessert section will include dishes such as the tantalizing Gianduia 5.0, a dessert featuring five preparations of the classic Torinese combination of chocolate and hazelnut prepared by talented Pastry Chef Suzanne LaFleur.

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            Perbacco
            230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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            1. re: Ruth Lafler
              steve h. RE: Ruth Lafler Dec 28, 2010 12:50 PM

              Damn, that sounds good.

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              sfdee RE: Joan Kureczka Dec 29, 2010 01:19 PM

              On Christmas Eve I had the roast goose at Speisekammer and it was dry and tough - more like goose jerky than anything else - just a few chunks of dry hard meat -none of it on the bone which might have helped. It did come with decent red cabbage and a pretzel dumpling which I rather liked. Our table was given dreadful service though - so dreadful that we probably won't be going back there for our usual Christmas Eve outing - and I'm AM allowing for the fact that it was a busy holiday night.

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              Speisekammer
              2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

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