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Dining in San Francisco

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Now that I live here, I'm going to try to book myself a seating at Atelier Crenn and Saison sometime this year.  They've been on my "to-go" list for some time now.

Hopefully these places will admit one person. My partner is on a limited income and would definitely balk at the idea of a meal that costs $500+ per person.

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1 hour ago, TrelayneNYC said:

Hopefully these places will admit one person. My partner is on a limited income and would definitely balk at the idea of a meal that costs $500+ per person.

Be a sport and take him for his birthday :)

*Any* great restaurant will admit one person - I've yet to see one that won't. In fact, one of *the* greatest dining experiences of my life was solo at a Michelin 3-Star in France -  they went to a lot of trouble to make sure I had a corner table, overlooking the entire restaurant, and it was a Top-10-ever meal, maybe Top-5-ever. Hell, maybe Top-3-ever.

It's funny, the restaurant had 2 Stars when I went, but I *knew*, when I left, they'd have to change it to 3, and within the next 1-2 years, they did. The very best dining experiences a person can have are when a 2-star restaurant is pulling out all stops to become a 3-star restaurant. The previous sentence is one of the most useful pieces of information I've ever typed here: Remember it.

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Sure, but it's not his type of food or I would have already done it.

He wanted to go to Gary Danko and the result of that trip is on the GD thread.

He wasn't a fan of Kin Khao.  Too spicy and the black rice pudding dessert weirded him out.

Which reminds me, I need to return for lunch soon.  I was all set to go today but I forgot to bring my camera this morning.  Drat.

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After enduring a nearly hour wait, we satiated ourselves with some Korean BBQ last night and we're making plans to return.

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Banchan.

Clockwise from bottom center: cabbage kimchi; sesame oil; shredded potatoes; quick cucumber pickle; mung bean sprouts; daikon radish kimchi; dish with sesame oil; seaweed salad; another type of kimchi I wasn't able to identify; squid and Asian pear kimchi; lettuce leaves; mountain yam with chile paste and sesame oil; fermented bean paste.

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Pork belly.

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Left: shrimp with vegetables.
Right: boneless short ribs.

Han II Kwan
1802 Balboa Street (19th Avenue)
Outer Richmond

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Michael Bauer says that Plaj is a "focused" restaurant of interest for folks who like Scandinavian food with a California sensibility.  He gave it 2 1/2 stars.  I hadn't checked to see if he had reviewed it prior to going.  I wonder if I'm being unrealistic in my expectations.  I've heard so much about San Francisco being a foodie wonderland over the years...and now that I live here, it's been one disappointment after another.

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Freshly baked bread, sweet butter, leek "dust", Maldon sea salt.

For $3.  Since when did restaurants start charging for bread and butter?

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Smoked fish croquettes, horseradish cream, smoked trout roe.

B remarked that there was too much sauce.  The croquettes were average.

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Whitefish roe, miniature potato pancakes, anchovies, sour cream, red onion, herbs.

The menu sounded better than the actual plate. Think I ordered wrong.

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Lamb shoulder, fava beans, green peas, potato, nettles, horseradish foam.

Didn't foam stop being a thing five years ago?

It was alright although there were (1) too many potatoes and (2) the sauce was on the edge of being too salty. Remember: if you can taste it, it's too much.

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Cardamom bun, almond cream.

Sounded good on paper and it tasted like nothing, literally.

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Chocolate cake, blueberry ice cream, creme anglaise.

What cardamom was supposed to be in the bun ended up in the blueberry ice cream.

Oh well, $158 (with tax and 20% tip) down the drain. We won't be back, for sure.

Plaj
333 Fulton Street (Gough Street)
Civic Center

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The other thing that I forgot to mention that really ticked us off was the fact that from the moment we sat down to when we left, FOH staff kept upselling and they were not subtle.

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Beef tartare with Dijon mustard, shallots, quail egg and toast points.

A very good rendition.

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Lamb and vegetable brochettes, with couscous and mint coulis.

If there was mint coulis, I didn't taste any.  Couscous was buttered and lovely; the brochettes were "all right".  Way too much sauce which needed a touch of salt.

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Eggs Benedict, side salad

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Cinnamon pain perdu, mixed berries, chantilly cream.

I'd go back just for the dessert alone.

 

Chez Maman
401 Gough Street (Hayes Street)
Hayes Valley

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