Friday, November 14, 2008

Halloween Prix Fixe at Canteen, San Francisco, CA

We had a fairly low-key Halloween this year and ended up, last minute, at Canteen for their special Halloween prix fixe. They graciously made some accomodations for my pregnant self's easting restriction and the menu, at $60 per person, was pretty good all around, although there were a couple of stinkers.

Blue Cheese, Green Apple and Honey
This was a substitution for me since the standard amuse bouche was raw. However, I can't eat blue-veined cheese either right now, so I just ate the apples, which were especially tasty, seeing as I can't seem to get enough apples these days.

Raw Scallop
A tasty first bite for Giao.

Fresh, Hot Dinner Rolls
Pillowy, buttery and delicious.

Tuna, Cauliflower Salad and Deep Fried Olive Butter
For me, the tuna was cooked, for Giao it was raw. The tuna held up well to the very flavorful olive butter. The cauliflower salad was a nice, more bland, accompaniment. You rarely are served raw cauliflower, and it tasted quite good.

Chestnut Soup with Chantarelles
This was so smooth and really delicious. The meatiness of the chantarelles matched the earthy sweetness of the soup. The whole thing tasted of the forest.

Pheasant Terrine with Cranberries
This was not our favorite dish. The warm pheasant terrine was a bit bland and strange. The cranberry sauce was nice and tart, however.

Flank Steak, Fried Potatoes, Spinach and Cippolini Onions
This was a perfect dish. The rather ordinary ingredients were executed perfectly. It felt homey and restaurant-y at the same time. Yum.

Pears and Walnut Cake with Caramel Sauce
The pears and sauce were good, but there was nothing much going on with the cake. This dish could have benefited from a bit of acid. All that being said, we are not really dessert people.

Food: 2
Decor: 2
Service: 1

817 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94109

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