Dine About Town - January 2013
Does anyone have recommendations on restaurants that are a great deal / must try during Dine About Town? I was initially interested in trying 5A5 dinner ($37 for 3 courses), but the menu doesn't sound terribly interesting.
I'm also open to your opinions that DAT is a waste and I should stay away :)
About 90 percent of DAT is a waste and not worth the bother. Alfred's looks good. One Market has been good in the past, and this year I see they're doing lunch (choice of two of three courses, with choices for each course). Unfortunately, too many places have special DAT menus that are not reflective of the restaurant's regular menu or that are no better value than their regular menu.
My take over the years is that the best strategy is not to think of it as a chance to have an amazing dinner foodwise, but a chance to have a fancier/nicer restaurant experience than you normally would: a chance to have a fancy lunch at Campton Place. Or to check out Luce. They can skimp of the food, but not on the atmosphere!
Mt list this year is Alfreds, like 2-3 times cause I love what they are offering.
Cocette, this is a neighborhood spot I didnt even know existed: so this is a good chance for them to get a new customer.
Other then Alfred's the menu I am most looking forward to trying is at Aurea. The menu looks perfect for me.
I usually look at it as a chance to try places Ive never heard of OR would never go to normally, simply because SF has so many wonderful options
I had a wonderful meal last night at Cocette on Hyde St.
Loved the options available.
I had the Goat Cheese and Spinach Souffle: PERFECTION
My DC had the mussels to start. very nice. balanced, flavourful.
For Mains I had the Osso Bucco and it was tender, fell off the bone, the potatoes and mushrooms were perfect with it.
DC had the Steak Frites. It was cooked to temp requested and the flavour was good, but it was not a great cut of beef.
Dessert was the Banana Cream Brule and the Chocolate Mouse, very nice however we will too full to finish.
I had a nice yet sweet sencere and then a Bourdeaux that I would not order again. and DC had a beer
114.00 after tax.
Based on last night we will go back for a regular menu. I can not wait to try the Coq Au Van
Since I use DAT to introduce a new restaurant into my routine, I usually scroll the list and pick a place I have never been to or heard of, as I mentioned previously.
Cocette was AMAZING and has won me over, I cant wait to eat there again.
Aurea was the opposite. The food its self was better then expected. I had the mussels, which were flavourful and chunky instead of broth. I had the Paperdelle with mushrooms and thyme. it was great! well balanced, creamy, a ton of mushrooms, and the thyme was perfect.
for dessert I got the peanut butter Pot De Creme. When it arrived, it had a berry compote on top and it took me a min to figure out it was a play on the PBJ and it was awesome. Too much for one person, but wonderful dessert.
The dinning room is not well placed in the restaurant and hind sight, we should have sat somewhere else.
the service was ok at first. not great. not detailed( never replaced silverware for second course, 20 min to get the check, lag time while waiting to order a round of drinks) etc. but the managers lack of care was the worst. The server lost our parking ticket, after 20 min of looking, she still could not find her. Her solution was to keep looking....
Finally we got involved and so did the manager, he told us they would take care of our parking. and this just got worse, as the valet INSISTED he needed our ticket to get our car...the story goes on and on.
This was their opportunity to wow us and gain local customers and they failed. everyone there was for DAT