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Zuni Cafe, 2014 [San Francisco]

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As good as ever.

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  1. 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.

    5 Replies
    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      very happy to read your positive report. Thanks for the post.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        I know you preface by saying you had a decadent meal, but was that meal shared or did you eat all that solo? Sounds great either way, its been a few years since I've been back there.

        1. re: sunnyside

          That was a reasonable amount of food for two.

        2. re: Robert Lauriston

          sounds fabulous. i haven't been in a while and this is a great reminder to add Zuni to the rotation. Glad to hear such a glowing report after the loss of its visionary founder.

          1. re: escargot3

            Zuni was founded in 1979 by Billy West. He hired Judy Rodgers in 1987 and died in 1994. I believe Rodgers had been out of the kitchen for over a year when she died.

        3. "Local chef and restaurant consultant Kathi Riley Smith worked in the 1980s at the acclaimed Zuni Cafe in San Francisco but had been away for years when she got a call to fill in..."
          http://www.sacbee.com/2014/08/24/6645...

          1. 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.