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Jul 25, 2011 10:56 PM

Bluestem Brasserie [San Francisco]

Mrs. Wineguy and I dropped in to Bluestem Brasserie a couple of weeks ago after taking in “The Steins Collect” show at SFMOMA. I think Bluestem had been open a week and my interest was piqued after seeing a small article in the Chronicle.

Mrs. Wineguy loved her Duck Confit with Frisee, poached duck egg, bacon and croutons. It was rich, flavorful and satisfying.

I enjoyed my Lamb Burger with roasted red peppers and goat cheese, served with the Kennebec Fries.

We also loved the Anson Mills Cheddar Grits. I could (but didn’t) eat three orders myself!

For dessert we had the Bing Cherry Sundae as well as the Mocha Trio. Both great!

Also of note are the cocktail program and the keg wine program.

All in all, for being open a week, I really thought they had it together.

So, we liked it so much, we went for dinner with some friends last week.

Mrs, Wineguy loved the watermelon salad with mint, feta and olives. She was not as thrilled by her lamb dish, which seemed sweet and difficult with the wine (Qupe Syrah).

One of the friends had calves liver, and loved it.

The other friend and I both had the pork. The preparation changes regularly and that night it was a trio of roasted belly, a sausage, and if my memory is correct, pulled pork wrapped in spinach, wrapped in fat and deep fried…wow!

Also ordered was the Nettle raviolis-very good.

Desserts ordered and loved by all were the Honolulu Hangover, which is chocolate coconut layer cake with toasted coconut and marshmallow meringue-amazing.
Caramelized Butterscotch Tapioca Pudding-I haven’t had a tapioca crème brulee before, but now that’s all I want.
Sealed with a kiss is Vanilla ice cream profiteroles, a strawberry rhubarb compote and rose petal cream…this was unbelievable. The profiteroles were FRESH, the rose cream was, well, rose cream! Just get it, you won’t be disappointed.

I’ve enjoyed this restaurant twice and will definitely return.

Bluestem Brasserie
1 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103

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  1. This positive report is good to hear--when we visited (also a week or so after opening) it was kind of a mess. The wine cooling device was broken, so they served us tepid white wine before suggesting that we order a cocktail instead, but they were out of a few of the liqueurs and syrups featured on that menu. I asked the bartender about one of the substiutions with which I wasn't familiar, and neither was she--she had to look it up on her phone. The fries were good, and the charcuterie plate was OK.

    It seemed like perhaps opening-related drama, but I'm not in a rush to return.

    1. I stopped by for my first time on Sat night, and sat at the bar, after the Auto show.

      food was great, however my burger was over cooked ALOT and I asked what came on the burger and no one mentioned pickles and onions. Bar service was great, food pretty good except for the over cooked part, the burger tasted awesome. I am curious about the manager on duty that night. very invasive of my conversation with my DC and just felt creepy.

      Other then him, I would go back again

      1. Thanks for this - I also had great meals both times I went. Once for work dinner and the very cool, large round table was perfect. And second time was just two people.

        Steak tartare and lamb of the day were awesome.

        Photos and more details here if anyone interested:

        3 Replies
        1. re: ML123

          Glad to see the place getting some attention. I've had several good meals there. It has yet to disappoint.

          1. re: Josh

            Yes, sounds like Francis Hogan, who used to share ExeChef duties with Josh Lucas before Lucas moved to Wayfare Tavern in Oct 2012, is doing a good job.

            We went for lunch April 2012 and my LA-based brother went separately for dinner in Oct 2012, when he was up here for OracleWorld. Both of us were very pleased with both food/service. Nice DR, too.

            They're on our list to return to, but we don't get back to the City as much as we used to.

            1. re: jaiko

              I think their brunch has changed for the worse since the chef left. I'd had their Dutch baby pancake before, served in a hot iron skillet, and it was light and airy and crispy. The other day it was like a sweet Yorkshire pudding... thick, eggy (and not served in the cute skillet). My orange juice was described as fresh, and I asked again to be sure, but there was no pulp and it tasted tinny. Hopefully this was an anomaly...