Friday, March 24, 2006

Dinner at Hawthorne Lane, San Francisco, CA

We hadn't tried Hawthorne Lane yet, and it is close to home, so we decided to give it a shot. The food was ok and the service was inconsistent.

Variety of Breads (free)

Trio of Toro $22
Sashimi, tartare and grilled toro with shiso leaf and soy dipping sauce. This was decent but not spectacular.

Seared Foie Gras "PB&J" $20
Strangely good. A bit too nutty though.

Pan-seared sea scallops $14
The tender texture of the scallops and the creamy cauliflower puree were accented with the saltiness of the capers and the slight bite of arugula. Quite good.

Braised veal meatballs $16
Served with pine nuts and noodles, the meatballs were moist and the noodles were unnecessary.

Chinese style roasted duck $29
Served with steamed green onion buns (below) and pear candied ginger chutney, this was supposed to be one of Hawthorne Lane's specialties. It wasn't bad but I've had much better for less $$.

Espresso Sundae $9
The best sundae ever. The espresso ice cream was not too sweet and the little crunchy bits were amazing. Yum. Alexis polished off the whole thing by herself.

Petit Fours (gratuit)
Too be honest, at this point in the meal we'd had a bit too much to drink and can't quite remember whether we liked these or not. They were certainly not memorable...

Food: 1
Decor: 1
Service: 1

Health Code Violations

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