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Coi moving to Alinea's ticket system & lowering some prices

Love it. Folks who want to pay less have an options. Folks who must have the best table at the best time will pay more and not have some douchey third party trying to profit off of it. They get paid even if people no-show and are more likely to have more consistant flow of diners.

Jul 27, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Saha -- Best Middle Eastern in SF?

Pera is not in the Dogpatch, it is on Potrero Hill on 18th. The food is average to good. There are always table free during the week. The servers and owners are nice. The special are usually more inspired by Greek and Turkish food than actually Greek or Turkish food. The prices are high for neighborhood Turkish food, with most entrees 18-22. The food is served quickly and the meats are never fatty or greasy.

Jul 19, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

12 days of Christmas/Meadowood and Guest Chefs in Bay Area Restaurants

The night with Grant Achatz is already at wait list. I'm doing the first night and maybe the fifth. At least at the 12 days it started out more as them guesting but now it's more a collaboration but it still in their manner and the food is excellent but yes I think it's always best to try a chef in their home kitchen.

Jul 17, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Replacements for retired favorites?

bummer, how did you like The Commissary. The two times I was there I liked the food a lot but they were still working out kinks in service and the menu.

Jul 16, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

A month in Berlin-2/3 Michillins & favorites

what's your favorites then in Berlin?

Jul 13, 2014
tjinsf in Europe

you go away for a week, and the food you miss most is....

usually sushi unless I've been in Vancouver. But most of the other places I live in and travel to have either horrible sushi or really expensive sushi. Currently in Berlin where the sushi isn't very good or cheap.

Also seasonal produce. I was almost in tears last January in Sweden looking at the sad selection of produce knowing how good it was in SF.

My return home to SF meal is always sushi even if the trip was only 3 or 4 days long.

Jul 07, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Saha - bursting with creativity [San Francisco]

It's one of my go-to places for vegetarian friends. Going during the week and earlier on the weekend the noise is much better. I haven't notice a change in the last 10 years of eating, I eat there about once every other month. I think the cuisine does lean to the sweet side but Yemeni guests have said the flavour profiles are correct for the dishes.

Jul 07, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

A month in Berlin-2/3 Michillins & favorites

thanks for the link. the fish and desserts look very interesting.

Jul 07, 2014
tjinsf in Europe

A month in Berlin-2/3 Michillins & favorites

on second thought there are some foods I don't want to eat in Berlin or don't interest me much
Not interested
American Burger-don't care for them much in the states to begin with.
Sushi-I have great sushi in Vancouver and SF all the time
Pizza-I lived in NYC and Naples prefer to eat my pizza there

Things I am interested very much-
Northern Africa and all African food at all price points
Regional food from Eastern Europe and the Middle East

If there is good Malay especially Nyonya food at all in Berlin I am always interested in that as there is a lack of Malay food in SF where I am based in the states.

Traditional Austrian & German food for sure although I tend to eat that with my German friends when I am here (that and Turkish food).

I enjoy modern Scandavian food when it's done well and not just as a culinary trend.

Places I do like that are high end are 41 grados in Barcelona, Dinner in London, Eleven Madison Park & WD-50 in NYC, The Restaurant at the Meadowoods in Yountville, CA. I prefer high end places that do not require a jacket, a button up and bow-tie are fine.

Jul 07, 2014
tjinsf in Europe

A month in Berlin-2/3 Michillins & favorites

thanks!

Jul 07, 2014
tjinsf in Europe

A month in Berlin-2/3 Michillins & favorites

As I mentioned I have read the threads, was looking for personal favorites of people on the board. It's easy to see who has michelin stars far less to know how the food actually tastes unless it's through personal experience.

As I also mentioned I will be there for a month so there is no preferred hood or cuisine, Berlin isn't that big of a city actually. certainly I don't think I'll be doing california farm to table in Berlin. I doubt I'll be looking for central or south american unless there is an amazing place.

Jul 03, 2014
tjinsf in Europe

A month in Berlin-2/3 Michillins & favorites

Hi,
I'll be staying a month (July) in Berlin based in a flat in Neukölln, I've been to Berlin several times but only in winter and travelling with a vegan or a vegetarian or eating at friend's houses. This time I am solo with no dietary restrictions and want to eat out every day.

I want to really do it up this month and try as many places possible at least one day whether for lunch/brunch/dinner.

I've been looking over the board and have some ideas but want to know what people's favorite meals/places have been since I have the time to try out lots of things.

I like some high end 1, 2 & 3 Michelin places. Last time I was in Berlin, last year I tried Pauly Saal which I thought was good but not amazing.

I also love any food made a la minute whether a food cart or high end.

So what's your favorite dish or place ever in Berlin?

Jun 29, 2014
tjinsf in Europe

upcoming san fran trip itinerary critiques please

I would not go to Farina, Cotogna would be my preferred choice over the other. At SPQR the tables are thisclose and I don't feel the dishes are better than the ones at Cotogna. Deflina is a great neighborhood place.

I've had very uneven dishes and service at Farina over the last 2 years.

Jun 24, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

to chez panisse or to not chez panisse, that is the question

If you want to get a feeling of where farm to table all came from go here. It's simple food but it's always been excellent when I've been there. I wouldn't hesitant to suggest it to someone. I think the prices may be higher than other farm to table but the prices are online I believe and you can judge that for yourself.

Jun 23, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

French Laundry and Meadowood on the SAME day?!?! [Napa Valley]

congrats, would love to hear a detailed comparison. I think Meadowood is by far more innovative and exciting too but I would never say no to a meal at FL.

Jun 21, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

French Laundry and Meadowood on the SAME day?!?! [Napa Valley]

freaking crazy not for the cost but the limited time between them I wonder if you will be hungry enough to enjoy Meadowood. If nothing else see if you can get the last seating at Meadowood. I wouldn't want to miss out on either one if I was only here for a special trip. My lunch at FL was 3 hours, my dinners at Meadowood have been around the same sometimes longer.

I've done two tasting menus in one day and it only barely worked because we did 11:30 lunch and a 10pm dinner.

Jun 20, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Last meal at Fleur de Lys - what to order [San Francisco]

I went last week for one last meal. We enjoyed everything we had. Keller was in the kitchen and the place was packed but we still got to talk to him. We did the 4 course with the FS having a cheese course and I had two apps. Standouts for me was the escargot app, also the Locale Petrale Sole dish. souffle was perfect as always while I have the fluerburger dessert which is always charming with the tiny milkshake, ice cream fries.

Will miss the decor, service and food.

Jun 16, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

NEW: Chino in the Mission, SF - Menu has XLB & open daily until 1AM, any reports yet?

Tried it out last night. Similar experience to Melanie's with most of the dishes lacking in executions. lamb skewers were overcooked, dumpling wrapper was too thick. The prices are reasonable but there wasn't anything I would go back for. It was quite pack with folks that seemed more interested hanging out than in eating. Very noisy.

Jun 14, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Replacements for retired favorites?

1) Brioche dinner rolls from Canteen

The Commissary has rolls that just like those.

Jun 12, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Full service restaurants that will provide vegetarian alternatives [San Francisco]

some more suggestions
saha-good vegan and vegetarian dishes
Cotogna -Italian
Aziza- cal modern with Moroccan inspiration

Jun 11, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Full service restaurants that will provide vegetarian alternatives [San Francisco]

Eating as a vegetarian is no problem here (you mean lacto-ovo vegetarians and not vegans I assume). Most mid to high range places have at least one vegetarian options, you can find most menus online.

If you want to go first class and high end I would contact Atelier Crenn for a vegetarian tasting menu. Verbena is a great mid range places with lots of vegetarian options and it's very farm to table.

Jun 11, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Prospect - recent experiences / recommendations?

I eat there about once a month for business dinners. It's probably not a place I would pick for a meal out with friends as it feels too formal and the food isn't that creative. The seafood dishes have all been good for me with nothing overcooked and swordfish has always been quite good. I found the beef to be ok but couldn't taste any different in flavour or texture with the "kobe" beef.

The stuffing in the quail is a bit too salty for me and I really like salt.

As for a quieter space, it's hard to find one that is particularly less noisy. I haven't had any service issues but I've only ever been there for business dinners where the wine is flowing freely and the service is usually pretty good because of that.

Jun 11, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area
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Post-wedding Saturday lunch in SF

A vegetarian place may not be the best option for someone looking for seafood.

Jun 06, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Post-wedding Saturday lunch in SF

The food at Waterbar and La Mar Cebicheria is better than the food at the Cliff House and certainly if you are looking for seafood. The Cliff House the history but there isn't much charm or funk in the current dining spaces.

Jun 06, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

LA hound seeking help with SF

opening up lots of success restaurants has much to do with a good business manager, a good pr team as it does with food especially in this little town.

One only has to look at the mini chain in this city by a white guy doing what he calls Mexico City street food who's wife/co-owner wrote for some local mags that just happen to always say the nicest thing about her less than delicious bar/mexican food places.

A chef having multiple places tells me only one thing, they have enough hype to get financial backers. Nothing about their food.

Jun 05, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Morel dishes at SF & East Bay Restaurants

It's morel season. Had a cannelloni with morels at SPQR this week that was light on the morels but had me wanting more when I go out to eat. Anyone eaten any good dishes recently with morels?

Jun 05, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

LA hound seeking help with SF

I've been to both, I don't think they are the same at all in dishes but they are both vegetarian and seasonally focused. I find Gather to be far less interesting but I'm also lazy and live in the city...

Some members of this board like to base opinions on non-personal experiences of actually eating at a place and more on things like the reputation of a place or where the chef has cooked before. Not my style.

The flavours at Verbena are very earthy and almost rustic in some dishes but the presentation and technique is more modern. I'm partial to it for some general and some personal reasons, 1. I eat with lots of people that are pescatarians, vegetarians or just on some whack-a-doo diet and Verbena was great at knowing the menu even the first week and being able to accommodate folks. 2. The dishes had strong flavours without overwhelming the main proteins or ingredients.

I found all the dishes I've eaten there to be interesting and most to be ones I would have again.

Don't judge based on Michelin star necessarily. At least for SF that tell me about the service, the price point and a level of consistently good food but never the best deal for the price.

Jun 05, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Craftsman and Wolves, Happy Moose Juice, Xanath, Zen Yai, Smitten, Tosca, State Bird (San Francisco: Day Four)

hey I think State Bird is great, it's fun, the food has always been good for me.

Jun 05, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

millennium? [San Francisco]

True but they've been very good when I've been there with vegans about making dishes vegan in addition to what they normally have on the menu.

Jun 05, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Verbena on Polk, SF

yes I've been back three more times. I thought the plating was pretty but nothing out of the ordinary for that style, she can see the same things at AQ, Commonwealth and other places but I really like how they do vegetables and seafood and the earthiness of many of the dishes.

Jun 05, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area