Sunday, August 31, 2008

Another Fabulous Meal at Spruce, San Francisco, CA

We went for a nice meal with Giao's family, who were in town for labor day weekend. We'd been to Spruce once before, in it's first month, and we were quite impressed. This time, we were impressed again. Everything we had was delicious. The decor is understated, yet warm and elegant. The staff were incredibly gracious, making accommodations for Giao's 9 month old nephew with smiles on their faces.

Cheese Gougeres (gratuit)
These tasty little morsels were brought to the table to whet our appetites.

Burrata and Heirloom Tomato Salad $12
This salad was the special and it was both simple and delicious. Whenever we see burrata, we always order it. Fresh mozzerella packed in cream is just so decadent. The only small problem with this dish is that there were way too many tomatoes, compared to the burrata.

Salumi Platter $18
All of the salumi at Spruce is house-cured and it was all very good. I don't remember what everything was, but the foie gras mousse with a port gelee and the headcheese were both standouts.

Lobster with Gnocchi and Braised Fennel $40
The lobster was incredibly well cooked--it was sweet and just melted in our mouths. The gnocchi were tender and not at all gluey. This was an all around great dish.

Bavette Steak with Duck Fat Fried Potatoes and Bordelais Sauce $30
One of the things that we love about Spruce is that not only is the food amazing, it comes in large portions. This was way too much food for me, but it was very good. The steak was tender and the duck fat fried potatoes were out of this world. They were crispy and salty on the outside and creamy on the inside. Giao's 9 month old nephew couldn't stop eating them. He's a gourmet at a young age.

Carrot Cake with Marcapone Filling and Ginger Ice Cream $10
The ginger ice cream was amazing and the carrot cake was pretty good too, but almost too refined.

Selection of European Cheeses $16
Although this was a pricy cheese place, it was large and good.

Petit Fours (gratuit)
A few tasty cakes to send us on our way in good spirits.

Food: 2
Service: 2
Decor: 2

3640 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118

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