I arrived first and was seated in a friend's section. We looked over the menu and I remarked that I was open to sampling several dishes as opposed to him picking one and me choosing one entree. I am an adventurous diner and wanted to continue in that fashion. Josh relocated from Phoenix for his job, like I did. However, unlike me who has actively engaged in yoga and/or meeting people, Josh has been mostly working/sleeping. I was shocked that he had not taken the time to dine at other restaurants just to see what is out there. I hope, for his sake, that he makes a change. There are wonderful restaurants in SF. Several that are worthy, for sure. One of the reasons I chose to move here.
We started with roasted cauliflower and a curry soup with brown butter. Both were delicious. I really enjoyed the cauliflower. Roasted with an anchovy tomato sauce and capers. I saw that on the menu and it spoke to me. I guess I am salty.
Next, we had a foie, lobster terrine and a mango gelee. Josh loved this dish. He couldn't get enough of it. I liked it but was not in love with it like him. We paired it with a salmon crudo over spinach and fried basil. I had higher hopes for this dish but the greens were overwhelming. After a wine break, we finished with lamb ribs with coriander. Nice way to finish the meal. I had wanted fries or something from the bar menu but honestly, Josh, had no interest in duck fat fries. He had had many examples of duck fat fries. Next time, I will be more forceful in my desire to have fries.
Dessert seemed optional until I realized they had carrot cake. That decided it. I am such a pushover when it comes to this dessert. If done well, I am ecstatic. If not, well, it seems like a waste of calories.
At any rate, the meal was a success and it reminded me of how much I enjoy dinner with friends. I have been able to do this to some degree since I moved here. Melody, Teo, and a few other girlfriends and I have ventured out into the culinary scene in SF. But it is few and far between. Melody has a thriving practice to cultivate. Teo travels a bunch for work and the other friends are new and so I am in the process of developing friendships and discovering how much we have in common. Mainly the food factor.
When I lived in Denver, I met Sara Jo once a week to check out new restaurants. I loved that and I miss it. Even if it was only wine and appetizers at my place. We would meet and catch up on our weeks, lives, etc. I do hope to dine with Josh more often or have a few friends to dine with on a regular basis. Food does unite us all and it is lovely to dine with people that love and appreciate food like I do.
I am off to work to finance my love of food and travel. Plus, working keeps me out of trouble. A rainy day like today inspires me to be lazy, watch movies and eat tomato soup. If only it was my day off.