Saturday, January 2, 2010

Quince Revisited...

One of my last Meals in San Francisco, was a Memorable Meal at Quince with my good friend, Nadia and her husband, Murph, who are as passionate about Food as I am, which is hard to find.
I chose Quince because I had been there before and had such a great experience, that I really wanted to try it again. Another reason I chose it is because Quince will soon be moving into the old Myth space on Jackson Street in the Financial District, so I really wanted to try it once more before they move.

Quince is an elegant yet understated space with low lighting and white table linens. And the staff is wonderfully attentive and impressively anticipated our every move.
We really felt like we were special guests.

Jumping right in...
The Dishes are ordered according to which Dishes for each Course were an overall Table Favorite, with the first ones being the best.

The Bread...

The Bread was a surprising Star of the Meal.

Above is their selection of Breads - Bread Sticks with a bit of a Cheesy kick to them, Bread with Star Anise and the wheel-shaped one with Olives and soaked in Olive Oil, which was a Favorite at the Table...

First Course

Squash Blossoms filled with Dungeness Crab, Zucchini, Carrot and Lemon Verbena

Riverdog Farm Asparagus with Uovo Frito, an Egg Yolk that was Breaded and then Deep Fried (brilliant!), Pancetta, Brown Butter and Parmigiano Reggiano

Sformato of Roasted Pepper and Eggplant Bagna Cauda

Please forgive the photo quality on this one...

Second Course

Agnolotti dal Plin
Traditional Piedmontese Veal-filled Pasta

Bigoli della Casa with Rabbit, Spigariello Kale and Red Lentil

Egg Tagliatelle with Veal, Porcini Mushroom and Peas

Third Course

Paine Farm Smoked Squab with a Black Cabbage, Porcini Mushroom Strudel and Sunchoke Crema

Liberty Duck Breast and Sausage with Tokyo Turnip, Bordeaux Spinach, Fennel and Blackberry Mostarda

Sonoma Organic Veal with Zucchini and their Blossoms


Aprium Torta with Golden Beet Leaves, Sorbetto and White Chocolate Crema

Olive Oil Semifreddo with Sbrisolona and Cherry Granita

Murph had the Selection of Cheeses off the Quince Cheese Cart which could give the Gary Danko Cheese Cart a run for its money.

Quince is still as impressive as the last time. I only hope that the new space on Jackson brings the same class and elegance that the Octavia one puts forth. I suppose we shall see upon one of my returns to the Bay...

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