Friday, April 04, 2008

Dinner at Bar Tartine, San Francisco, CA

We had never been to Bar Tartine, strangely, and we were happy when our friends suggested it. We met them for dinner and it was fairly good, but not amazing. The service was a touch spotty; we were served soup without spoons and the waitress knocked over a glass of water at the next table. The food was good, but not great. The decor was nice, however.

Olives $4.50
These were served warm, which was a pleasant surprise that we had not seen before.

Sunchoke Soup with Pancetta $8
This soup was creamy and smooth and very tasted, but tasted more of cream than of sunchokes.

Pork Belly with Frisee Salad $14
The pork belly itself was succulent, fatty and crispy all at the same time, which is exactly what we were looking for. The puree it was served on was very, very sweet, however and we tried to avoid it.

Sweetbreads and Spot Prawns $15
This dish was quite tasty and well prepared.

Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Sage, Kale and Parmasean $18
Giao has this theory that gnocchi is never as good as the first time you have it. I'm starting to agree. This was good, but the gnocchi was lacking chew and sort of fell apart in our mouths.

Quail with Barley and Peas $24
This dish was the highlight of the night for us. It was tender and flavorful.

Food: 1
Decor: 2
Service: 1

Bar Tartine
600 Guerrero St. (@18th Street)
San Francisco, CA 94110

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