Saturday, January 03, 2009

Simple and Delicious at Range, San Francisco, CA

Although we hadn't been here in a while, we were happy to find that Range is still holding on in the crappy economy and serving up delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere. Also, although the waitress accidentally placed the wrong order for Giao (and he ate 1/2 of it before realizing), she graciously took it off the bill AND brought us a free dessert. This was a fabulous way to fix a service mistake.

Raw Yellowtail $12.50
The yellowtail was seasoned with pickled beets, Meyer lemon and tarragon and it was a nice, fresh way to start a meal

Duck with Spaetzle $25
Tender, juicy dusk and slightly crispy, yet yielding, spaetzle made this dish incredibly satisfying.

Fish with Beans, Baby Turnips and Baby Carrots $18, but gratuit
This was the dish that Giao didn't order, but he ate it and liked it anyway.

Butterscotch Pudding ($8, but gratuit)
Not a dessert I would have ordered, but it was quite delicious and opened my eyes to how great a well executed pudding can be.

Food: 2
Decor: 2
Service: 2

842 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

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Winter Prix Fixe at Bar Bambino, San Francisco, CA

Bar Bambino, in cahoots with Zagat, put together a beautiful winter prix frixe. Bar Bambino is definitely one of our new favorites. I think the 4 course meal was $55 per person.

Perfect, tasty fried rice balls.

Pickled Trout with Greens
The fish was fresh and light.

Christmas Salad
This was an interesting combo of oranges, fennel, capers and pomegranate that worked really well and was quite beautiful.

Meat Ravioli in Broth
The pasta is freshly made and the filling was dense and hearty.

Lobster Ravioli with Red Sauce
These tasted less like seafood than I would have imagined, but they were still delicious.

Beef Stuffed with Pork
Meat stuffed with meat sounded like a bit much, but the flavors really melded and this was much lighter than imagined.

Stuffed Halibut
The fish was well cooked and the stuffing was flavorful.

Trio of Gratins
These gratins, brocolli, fennel and potato, were all equally delicious. They were tender and creamy and well seasoned.

Chocolate-Chestnut Pudding with Whipped Cream
This was a nice, not-too-sweet, way to end the meal. My only complaint would be that there should have been more pudding and less chestnut puree.

Food: 2
Decor: 2
Service: 2

Bar Bambino
2931 16th St
San Francisco, CA

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