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tom246 Jul 31, 2013 09:27 AM

Dinner reservation tonight at Rich Table. Any good Happy Hours or interesting place for drinks - snacks in the general neighborhood (Hayes Valley - Gough St).

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: tom246 Jul 31, 2013 09:32 AM

    Absinthe's got a great bar.

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      Amandica RE: tom246 Jul 31, 2013 11:30 AM

      Sugar on Hayes/Gough has drink specials every night and snacks from 5-7pm. Ask them to tone down the sugar content (they are more than happy to modify anything to your taste0 on the drinks and you'll have an enjoyable cocktail.

      Two Sisters on Hayes/Laguna has happy hour until 6pm and very tasty bar snacks.

      My personal rec: Muka on Grove/Gough. Great drinks and AMAZING bar snacks. Jean-Luc just moved from Bush to Hayes Valley.

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        Melanie Wong RE: Amandica Sep 4, 2013 11:47 AM

        Thanks for the Muka rec. Thoroughly enjoyed it for a dinner of small plates and dessert,
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/915681

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        Dustin_E RE: tom246 Jul 31, 2013 12:10 PM

        sugar and absinthe are both great.

        1. Melanie Wong RE: tom246 Jul 31, 2013 12:17 PM

          Here's my google map of food, drinks and food shopping in Hayes Valley if you have more time to walk around.
          http://goo.gl/maps/d9rT6

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            arepo RE: tom246 Jul 31, 2013 12:19 PM

            I hope you'll give your opinion on your meal at Rich Table

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              tom246 RE: tom246 Jul 31, 2013 01:21 PM

              Thanks everyone! very useful information. Will be sure to report back.

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                tom246 RE: tom246 Aug 1, 2013 02:07 PM

                A quick note about two drink stops before dinner at Rich Table.
                Muka, 370 Grove St, nice little spot. Comfortable and friendly people. Generous pours of wine, white was excellent, red very good.
                http://www.mukasf.com/

                Sugar Lounge, 377 Hayes St, Throw back to another era or maybe I'm just getting old :). Fun, good drink specials, chips, salsa, small buffet. Nice place.
                http://www.sugarloungesf.com/

                We made it to Rich Table last night and for the most part enjoyed a creative and tasty dinner. A couple missteps but overall excellent.

                The place is extremely busy, bordering on frenetic but once you are seated the noise mellows allowing for easy conversation. Service all evening was stellar, that includes food and wine service.

                The "bites" and starters are some of the more interesting and flavorful parts of the meal so dining with a group (there were 4 of us) is the way to go.
                Bites:
                Toasted almonds with lichen, tasty, earthy, good flavor.
                Pork Chicharrones, Douglas Fir, the ones that were properly fried were good but several were not and became tough and chewy.
                Dried Porcini doughnuts, raclette, everyone really liked these, subtle but focused flavor. Very good, huge portion.
                Sardine chips, horshradish, if these were crispy they would be terrific but tonight they were soggy.
                Sugar snap peas, honey mustard, along with the brandade the two best of the bites. A beautiful mix of flavor, color and texture.
                Brandade, pickled tomatillos, bay shrimp chips, yummy mix, almost addictive:

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                Three of the starters were excellent, Chamomile dressed watermelon, arugula, quinoa
                Roasted beets, green olive, pine nut streusel.
                Iberico de Bellota, wheat grass, potato and melon salad
                The 4th, Burrata, cucumber, burnt strawberry vinaigrette was good but a bit bland.

                The pasta entrees hit the mark, Garganelli, octopus bolognese, beets, scallions
                Pappardelle, tomato braised oxtail, pickled eggplant
                Richilini, braised chicken giblets, broccolini (for the table)
                The buttermilk poached chicken, charred tomato, escarole was flavorful and well conceived.
                The last entree, NY steak, green bean chimichurri, creme fraiche, fried shallots was enjoyed by two people while two thought it only so so.

                Totally full but we ordered one dessert to pass around. Berry crostata, yogurt mousse, plum sorbet was a nice way to end the meal.
                Wines were a crisp Arneis from Piedmont and a exotic tasting Gravner Ribolla.

                A lot of energy and creativity at Rich Table, while not everything was perfect, overall an excellent dinner.
                http://richtablesf.com/

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                  Melanie Wong RE: tom246 Aug 4, 2013 11:40 AM

                  As always, great reporting.

                  Muka is new to me, and I'm glad Amandica suggested it. I'm wondering if you saw any of the desserts there, or maybe somebody else can comment on them.

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                    tom246 RE: Melanie Wong Aug 4, 2013 12:28 PM

                    We didn't see any desserts come out when we were there in the early evening. If we were not so stuffed from dinner at Rich Table this would have been a nice place to hit before heading home.

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