Saturday, January 2, 2010
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 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...
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...
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
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...