Travelling to SF in April
My husband and I will be in SF for 4 nights and we are looking for some recommendations. Specifically for:
My only caveat is that wherever we go can't be an all meat menu (fish is ok) and it can't be to dairy heaven as I am allergic.
Price is no object and we would love to be wowed...either by the sophistication, the uniqueness, or the down and dirty goodness.
Have you done any searches for these subjects? They have all been debated and discussed ad nauseum and there are multiple threads on every topic.
Dim Sum - Koi in Daly city
Chinese - PPQ Dungeness
Sushi - Koo or Kiss
Vegetarian - Ubuntu in Napa
Seafood - cooked or raw? Bar crudo for raw and Farallon for cooked
Upscale Expensive - Saison
Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558
450 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
2124 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110
For Sichuan I'd recommend Z&Y in Chinatown.
Slanted Door is not a tourist trap, but I think how much you enjoy your meal depends on what you order -- I think they do better with their more fusion offerings that the more "straight" Vietnamese dishes (with a couple of exceptions) -- and whether you want to take advantage of their well-chosen wine list.
You didn't say where you were coming from -- that's often a big help in tailoring recommendations for you.
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111
re: Ruth Lafler
My husband and I lived in Toronto up until 6 months ago when we moved to Calgary. Needless to say we are DYING to be back in a foodie town.
Thanks for the recommendations thus far.
I'm still at a loss for an upscale place. So far the ones mentioned are either prix fixe which doesn't work with my no meat or dairy diet...and the others mentioned have been French...which also doesn't work with having no dairy.
You may find that restaurants in San Francisco are used to "I eat this, I don't eat that" and if you are kind and patient about it, and don't rudely drop the surprise on them right when you order, they are happy to work with you.
The upscale places (aside from French, I think) are usually good at working with dietary restrictions if you call several days ahead and are very gracious about it. I have lactose issues and for my tasting menu at the Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton a couple years ago, I called a few days ahead and explained my problem, what was and wasn't safe for me to eat (for me, hard cheese is ok, whip cream will destroy me, for example, plus I don't care for red meat). They couldn't have been nicer about it, put out a gorgeous tasting menu for me, and I didn't feel like I was "missing out" at all.
For Delfina and other mid-range places, I don't usually call ahead but do try to go at off-peak times. When I am seated, I explain to the waitperson about my restrictions and ask what would be good choices for me. They usually check with the kitchen, but a pleasant, smiling, patient attitude from the diner goes a long way into the kitchen subbing out butter in favor of olive oil, or leaving off the cheese. However, I am merely very intolerant, digestively speaking. I will not go into shock if I have dairy - if that is the case with you, then you may want to avoid restaurants cooking dairy entirely.
3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
I can get quite ill from dairy, but as in digestion problems, which is lactose intolerance --> please no dairy in my food, but dairy in the kitchen is fine. On the other hand, quite ill as in anaphylactic shock/hives/etc is an immune response problem = allergic, as in please don't use the same spoon to stir a dairy pot and then my pot because my throat will swell and close if I eat that.
If you are intolerant, then say you are lactose intolerant, and a good restaurant will take it seriously. If you are allergic and could go into shock from cross contamination, say you are allergic, but know that you might not be served any food due to liability concerns.
some general examples since you haven't been that specific
dim sum -- hong kong lounge
chinese -- r&g, san tung
sushi -- kiss, ino
vegetarian -- millenium, greens
seafood -- sotto mare, ferry building, i.e. hog island
upscale expensive -- benu, la folie
Upscale and can easily fit in your dietary guidelines: Coi. Highly recommended.
Another one to think about: Range. More midscale in price, but way upscale on the food quality scale, IMO.
I'm inclined to discourage Ubuntu, but others will disagree. Ditto Greens, which is anything but dairy-free unless things have changed. You can do very interesting and edgy vegetarian at Plum in Oakland especially if your vegetarianism is dietary and not religious and you can mix in some seafood (sorry if I'm sounding like a shill for Daniel patterson).
Dim sum - Yank Sing, South Seafood Village
Chinese - Asian Pearl in Milbrae, San Tung (Korean/Chinese mix), Mission Chinese Food
Sushi - Koo, Kabuto (has a fusion twist to it), Tekka (a caveat - no reservations allowed, stand in line by 6:00 to get 1 of 10 seats at 7pm. Intimate setting, prepared by a cute mom n pop, homey Japanese hot foods available, but the sashimi pieces are huuuge.)
Vegetarian - Forgive me but I've never even attempted to go vegetarian in my dining experience
Seafood - Bar Crudo (mainly raw), Tadich Grill
Upscale expensive - Quince, Coi, Gary Danko (make reservations now!)
240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111
655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
800 N Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109
49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105
Mission Chinese Food
2234 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Aziza is actually great at accommodating dietary restrictions. You can order prix fixe ($73) or a la carte, and they have plenty of non-meat/non-dairy options.