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Cockscomb - SF

There are the bar seats upstairs, and then close to the front windows another dining room with maybe 20 or 30 seats? I need to peek in there and count the next time.

Dec 17, 2014
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Indian Food - SOMA suggestions? [San Francisco]

Mefil is still a solid choice.

Dec 16, 2014
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Costco Holiday Treat: A5 grade of Wagyu Beef for $1200

I cut up the unused portion into serving sizes and vacuum sealed, then froze them. Because of the high fat content, 1 yr+ is supposed to be fine.

Dec 07, 2014
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Costco Holiday Treat: A5 grade of Wagyu Beef for $1200

I would say I am a curiosity satisfied customer.

Dec 06, 2014
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Costco Holiday Treat: A5 grade of Wagyu Beef for $1200

Sliced about 1/2" thick, salt & pepper both sides, let come to room temperature. Take a piece of trimmed fat & render it in cast iron skillet. Heat the skillet until the rendered fat is smoking. Sear meat approximately 60-75 seconds each side. It is not necessary to finish with melted butter :-)

Source for rosewater?

Whole Foods carries it. Can't comment on the quality as I've only used it once.

Dec 03, 2014
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Per Se and French Laundry go pre-paid

Interestingly, there are always seats/tickets at Coi. Lazy Bear also uses the system but (so far) is popular enough to sell out every ticket offered, and they aren't using dynamic pricing either.

Dec 03, 2014
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Costco Holiday Treat: A5 grade of Wagyu Beef for $1200

It's the real thing. A5 grade probably BMS 9 or 10. Imported from Japan by D'Artagnan and sold by Costco. My piece was 13.75 lbs which worked out to about $88/lb. Which Is A (relatively) Screaming Deal. YMMV.

Truffle Dinners at Quince [San Francisco]

Perbacco usually does truffle dishes this time of year. Have you checked with them?

Nov 19, 2014
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area for "Best of 2014"

Recommendations for mid-range sushi? [San Francisco]

Since the two sushi chefs at Maruya have left, Wako on Clement at 3rd Ave is probably the best sushi in San Francisco. It is also a third the price of Maruya, which makes it a bargain.

Nov 17, 2014
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Jardiniere not just downhill but rock bottom [San Francisco]

I often visit Jardiniere before and after symphony concerts and opera performances, and have had uniformly good experiences. They have great bar tenders - sit at the bar and soak it in.

Nov 10, 2014
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Marlowe - SF

At the new location. Smaller menu, and really, really loud. But they do have cocktails now.

Oct 09, 2014
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Business Group Dinner - Boulevard or Town Hall? Or something else? [San Francisco]

I'd rank the food 1) Boulevard, 2) Wayfare Tavern 3) Town Hall. Boulevard had a private dining room downstairs that is perfect for a party of 12.

Oct 07, 2014
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Breakfast more or less near the Ferry Building [San Francisco]

I'd go to Bocadillo's, they open early, have a great breakfast menu, and are only about 13 minutes (0.6 miles) away on foot. Another great spot is Mama's on Washington Square, which is about 25 minutes (1.2 miles) away from the Ferry Building. Town's End, mentioned above, also does a fine breakfast.

Bocadillos breakfast menu. http://static.squarespace.com/static/...

May 21, 2014
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Small, soft chocolates?

XOX truffles are what you want. Support your local truffle maker. Try the framboise truffle.

James Beard Awards

The Slanted Door was named the winner of the Outstanding Restaurant award, and Daniel Patterson won the award for Best Chef: West.

Personally, I think both of these awards are richly deserved.

Chowdown at Jai Yun [San Francisco, Chinatown]

10-person minimum?!?

May 05, 2014
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Darwin Cafe -- SOMA - San Francisco

During the current heatwave, a salad for dinner is just what I wanted. I went there Tuesday and Wednesday and tried the Bay Shrimp, and Kale salads. Both were excellent.

The Kale salad is described as: Kale, radicchio, lemon, garlic, parmesan, prosciutto, aged balsamic. The parmesan is grated like snow with a microplane, and the proscuitto is fried and crumbled. Yummy.

The Bay Shrimp salad goes thusly: Bay Shrimp Louie: asparagus, hard boiled egg, avocado, radish, little gem lettuce. The dressing was creamy and light like a buttermilk ranch, which I am sure it was not. The ingredients are very fresh, and mesh well together into a wonderful light meal.

I can't believe this place has been in the neighborhood for four years, and I didn't know about it until last week when Loretta Keller mentioned it in her Inside Scoop interview.

May 01, 2014
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Jamon Iberico Bellota at Costco

I bought a package and tried it. I'd rather eat Italian prosciutto for 1/4 the price.

Dec 30, 2013
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

NEW: Alta CA- Daniel Patterson's new restaurant in Mid-Market, SF - any reports?

It was meaty, on the drier side, and cut medium thin. I prefer the pastrami at The Refuge.

Dec 16, 2013
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

NEW: Alta CA- Daniel Patterson's new restaurant in Mid-Market, SF - any reports?

I was there December 5th. There were a few service mix ups and some long waits, but it was opening night and I'm cutting them some slack. The food is casual, but not simple. It is aimed at the mid Market tech crowd, not a foodie crowd, but the people behind the restaurant are talented and can't help themselves so there are a few treats for the food-obsessed. I tried the deviled eggs which were perfectly fine but distinguished by a sunchoke chip garnish. Next, the butternut squash soup with chili oil and roasted pumpkin seeds - also fine; beef tendon puffs (like chicharones but made with beef tendon - these were sinfully wonderful), and house cured pastrami with stoneground mustard. I ended with a roasted cocoa-nib ice cream at the end, which--like the rest of the food didn't make my day--but was fine.

2014 SF Bay Area Michelin Stars

AQ is missing from the one-star list. I'm not surprised to see Frances demoted; I never understood how it got the star in the first place. It's popular because there is so little competition in the Castro.

Oct 22, 2013
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Best New Restaurants in SF?

At Baker & Banker last night:

House smoked trout, potato latke, horseradish cream, pickled beets, shaved fennel

Alaskan halibut, king trumpet mushrooms, fiddlehead ferns, ramps, chard subric, ->bacon marmalade<- (seafood for people who hate seafood)

XXX- triple dark chocolate layer cake

Jun 20, 2013
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Best New Restaurants in SF?

I'm glad to see the love for AQ from one of our more traveled eaters. I love the food there, and also think that the service is top notch. AQ is far and away the best new restaurant to open in San Francisco in the last two years.

I like State Bird Provisions, but think the concept is better than the food.

I don't understand all of the love for Rich Table, the food is good, but nothing special. It is a mystery, but since I won't be trying for a table again, it leaves more for the crowds of hipsters mobbing the place. They'll be happy, I'll be happy.

I just tried Baker & Banker tonight, and loved it; a very nice space with excellent food.

Jun 19, 2013
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurants and cocktail bar close to Fairmont Hotel [San Francisco]

The "Big 4" lounge and restaurant in the Huntinton Hotel is just down the street at the top of the hill. It is one of the best bars in the city and is Old San Francisco, sophisticated and civilized. That's where I'd go.

Michael Bauer's top 100 2013

Chapeau! isn't overlooked. On his Insidescoop blog today, he said Chapeau! was removed for this year because it is being remodeled.

May 06, 2013
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Michael Bauer's top 100 2013

Indeed. He is a critic, It is his job to criticize and praise. I doubt he went to Commis and Crenn this year. He has his opinion and nothing has changed at either of those spots. He doesn't say he visits every restaurant. Only every restaurant on the list.

May 06, 2013
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Michael Bauer's top 100 2013

And Atelier Crenn with two Michelin stars is also missing.

May 05, 2013
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Michael Bauer's top 100 2013

(Absinthe)
(Addesso)
(Ame)
(Baker & Banker)
(Bar Agricole)
(Baume)
(Betelnut)
(Bistro Aix)
(Chapeau!)
(Claudine)
(Corso Trattoria)
(Cyrus)
(Dosa on Filmore)
(Incanto)
(Masa's)
(Morimoto)
(Picco/Pizzeria Picco)
(Range)
(Ristobar)
(Rivoli)
(Sante)
(Va de Vi)
(Willi's Wine Bar)

May 05, 2013
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area