Salumeria - Yummy, but... [San Francisco]
So, being Mission dwellers and home on Salumeria's opening day, we spontaneously decided to head down and check it out. We had a mostly solid meal with a few gripes.
We got the barley with peas, sour mackerel, duck confit sandwich, and salad with lemon-anchovy dressing. The barley was definitely the least interesting of the bunch. The salad was well-dressed and texturally interesting, with a perfectly cooked medium-boiled egg and crunchy bits of breadcrumbs mixed into the greens. The mackerel was also quite good...not fishy at all and well-balanced with vinegary onions, plump golden raisins, and pine nuts. The duck sandwich was good...not mind-blowing, but solid. Crispy baguette, some kind of cherry spread that offset the richness of the duck, a handful of arugula.
So, complaints. The portion sizes are ridiculous. In a way, the antipastis kind of make up for it, b/c at $6 apiece, they can fill you up and they're better than any prepared deli food I can think of off the top of my head (for example: Bi-Rite, Pasta Shop, La Boulange). On the other hand, the duck sandwich costs $12 and was smaller, volume-wise, than a typical 6" sub. Most people, upon paying $12 for a sandwich might reasonably expect that to fill them up for lunch, but I can't imagine anyone other than the lightest of eaters to be satisfied with a sandwich of this size. The salad was also petite. It was $9, but sized like a small starter salad. I guess I'm a little dumbfounded, because Flour + Water has always struck me and my husband as one of the best quality/price ratios in the city. Don't get me wrong, the food was all great, but I can't imagine having lunch here on a regular basis, and they seem to be aiming for that sort of "neighborhood lunch spot" vibe.
I agree. I had the roast beef sandwich Friday. It seemed expensive for $12. But, that said, it was good enough that I'll be back.
I was underwhelmed too. not like it isn't good.. It is good.....But i will not make it my go-to lunch spot
A friend who lives nearby texted me this morning that Salumeria has lowered at least some prices, with no sandwiches over $9.
I don't think the antipastis make up for it. The size of the antipastis is microscopic. It's good to know they taste good, but I wouldn't generally pay $6 for that portion size (and I am not a value shopper, lord knows). I've had plenty of deli items I've loved at Bi-Rite for a better price (a statement which seems absurd to me considering Bi-Rite's prices). At Salumeria, I ordered the mushroom/fava spread/limburger sandwich. The menu did not mention that it was served as a warm panino. First, it took for-effing-ever to them to prepare (they are working at a very leisurely pace back there). It was really difficult to eat -- falling-apart oozy -- and turned out to be a really unpleasant and sour taste combination. I was starving. It should have tasted good to me. The menu listing did not mention the slimy onions. I have to wonder if the owner tries out sandwich ideas on his staff. Either their tastes are not up to snuff or they are too meek to give him feedback.
I want to like this place, but really, the sandwich I got was awful. The space is gorgeous, and I think it's great that Salumeria has built such a lovely spot to sit and eat one's lunch.