The Heirloom Cafe (2500 Folsom, SF)
We attended a special Ceritas Wine retrospective dinner here last night (normally closed on Sunday).
All the food on each course was impeccably prepared, flavorful and beautifully presented.
If you have ever sampled Ceritas wines, they are fresh and vibrant. The philosophy of owner winemaker John Raytek is to pick early when ripe, not overripe and keep alcohols on the lower side. It was a pleasure talking to John and wife Phoebe about wine and their journey into winemaking.
Here is what we had:
Fennel. fava beans, walnuts feta.
2011 Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay
Wild salmon, English peas, cauliflower puree, meyer lemon.
2009 Porter-Bass Vineyard Chardonnay
2008 Porter-Bass Vineyard Chardonnay
2007 Porter-Bass Vineyard Chardonnay
Housemade fettucini, chanterelle mushrooms, mint, pecorino
2011 "Costalina" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Duck Breast and confit, cherries, corn spoon bread
2010 Escarpa Vineyard Pinot Noir
2009 Escarpa Vineyard Pinot Noir
2008 Escarpa Vineyard Pinot Noir
Dessert was an almond torte with fresh stone fruit and creme fraiche.
Owner Matt Straus was a super host getting around to each table making sure all was going well.
Based on the quality of food and service last night, we will be sure to get back to Heirloom Cafe soon.
I moved to San Francisco at the beginning of 2013, and normally I wouldn't post here with such a limited scope of experience, but I am excited to share how much we enjoy Heirloom Cafe. Since moving here we've dined at a number of well-regarded places, and HC has stood out as a favorite. Our experiences there have been marked with great ingredients, great cooking, great wines, and warm hospitality.
(For the sake of context, other restaurants where I've had repeated super experiences with both food and hospitality include Outerlands, State Bird Provisions, and Piccino.)