Zuni Cafe, 2014 [San Francisco]
As good as ever.
Had a decadent four-course meal last night.
Piccolo fritto of green tomatoes, onions, and peppers with romesco sauce, classic.
Peruvian-ish scallop ceviche with avocado, choclo, shaved radish, minced red onion, Little Gems, and lime, this was brilliant. I'm going to try to duplicate it at home. Very nice with sparkling Huet Vouvray.
Risotto with hen of the woods mushrooms and sorrel, really great, the sorrel made the dish.
Tiny clams in broth with fregola and sausage with a roasted tomato, great combination.
Pork T-bone with an agrodolce relish including minced cucumbers and grapes, I'm always skeptical about fruit and meat but this was great and went really well with the Occhipinti Frappato we were drinking.
Leg of lamb and merguez, nice and gamy.
Lebne tart in a buttery crust (reminded me of the one in Lindsey Shere's almond tart) with huckleberry sauce, maybe the best cheesecake I've ever had.
Buttermilk ice cream with toasted almonds, lovely.
Lime granita with little chunks of lime macerated in tequila, nice refreshing way to end the meal.
Still one of my favorite places for a special occasion, or any occasion.
Zuni has been my choice of what a San Francisco restaurant should be since I started going there some time in the early 1980s, maybe even late 70s. I still have an impression of my first visit there so long ago, and it's of that great narrow bar surrounded by windows with a very eclectic mix of people of all ages and all walks of life and dressed from jeans to suits. Then we went upstairs overlooking the bar and ate the great food. It's still a place I make sure I take visitors to. I haven't been there in about a year and it's great to know it's still at the top of its game.