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I had the most awesome dinner here lately. I came here to celebrate my belated birthday with a girlfriend. I have to be honest, I wasn't expecting much. When I first arrived, my expectations were more or less met... I was the first to arrive so I was pointed towards a standing table with a drink menu, yet no one came to take my drink order for about 10 minutes. As someone finally walked over, my friend arrived, and we were taken to our table. We ended up ordering a bottle of Albariño, the crudo sampler, the San Sebastian, and the roasted crab, though we were seated for perhaps another 10 minutes before someone arrived to take our order. Albariño: fruity but dry, really nice pairing with almost every dish we ordered Crudo sampler for two: the scallop with soubise, pickled corn, chili, and chive blossom was the perfect start of this sampler. Super fresh, a bit spicy, some pop from the pickled corn, some creaminess from the soubise and fat from the olive oil. A really perfect bite, especially for scallops, which are messed up far too often. The second sample was butterfish with grapefruit, almond, pink pepper, and rosemary oil. It was tasty, but not as good as the first. The third was tombo tuna with citrus, chili, fennel, and black tobiko. It was a bit fattier than the first two, with some salt and crunch from the roe and a bit of spice from the chili. This one grew on me the more I ate it. The last was great though, arctic char with horseradish créme fraiche, wasabi tobiko, and dill. It was super fatty, with subtle spice from the wasabi tobiko to cut through the fat and the dill paired perfectly. Almost like a sophisticated lox and cream cheese! If I come back, I'll definitely stick to this one and the scallop. San Sebastian: tuna confit with romano beans, roasted red peppers, soft boiled egg, castelvetrano olives, caperberries, piparras, manchego, and tomato bread. Not too dissimilar from a Nicoise salad, but really delicious. Almost unexpectedly so. Each ingredient was perfect and strong on its own, but they all came together in a perfect combination as well. The bread was spicy with a nice char. The tuna was perfectly confit, and the whole dish was simple and fresh, with just a bit of olive oil to accentuate flavors. Roasted crab: with chili oil, fennel, and lemon. The sauce on the crab was awesome, spicy and peppery and perfect for dipping bread in. The crab was nicely roasted, flavorful, and easy to crack and eat. The fennel gave a nice finish against the oil. We finished with a caramel truffle, which was outrageously good and the perfect size to finish the meal without being too rich or overwhelming. Despite the weird/lazy service, it was a fantastic meal and I'm excited to come back.
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Jennifer is the best! She came highly recommended from a friend a few years ago and I've been seeing her ever since. She takes her time and she's super gentle, plus she's friendly enough that we have long conversations throughout my brazilian waxes! I didn't know I'd ever feel comfortable talking to someone while having my lady-bits waxed, but Jennifer instantly put me at ease. Her office is a little haven of happiness and relaxation, and I can't recommend her enough!
Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
Maybe this place was overhyped for me. I thought it was perfectly fine pho. Which I guess gives it a leg up as good pho is harder to come by in SF than say, down in the South Bay. But it didn't blow me away. The broth was good but not standout, and nowhere near as spicy as I wanted it to be for something labeled spicy. The meat was tender. The waitress was nice enough to bring extra bowls so my friend and I could share a single large bowl. The imperial roll was on the better side. The price was fair but not super cheap. Glad I tried it, but given how out of the way it is for me, I probably won't be rushing back.
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Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
Good, not amazing. Came here with a group of 8 for a team lunch. We arrived at about ten to noon and we were seated immediately, which was unexpected. The service was great, our waiter recommended some dishes for us and was incredibly attentive. We had: Arugula and beet salad - with goat cheese, standard salad, tasty but nothing groundbreaking. Ceviche B44 - white shrimp, octopus, scallop, and tomato. Could have used more scallop, there was just a single one on the top, and the octopus was a bit chewy, but the ceviche itself had good citrus flavors. Fried calamari - the calamari itself was nothing special, standard fried calamari, but the fried pieces of fennel included in here were a unique touch that I enjoyed a lot. Patatas bravas - with sofrito and aioli, the potatoes could have been crispier but the sofrito and aioli were on point. Tortilla Española - standard, nothing to write home about. Gambas ajillo - shrimp sautéed with garlic and adobo spices. This was probably the most generous portion of the dishes we got and it was good, though I could have used more spice. Piquillo peppers stuffed with crab - this was the standout of the meal for me. The crab was meaty and complemented the sweetness of the pepper, the tomato-style sauce with it was tangy and served as a nice dipping sauce for the bread... huge fan of this dish. Paella B44 - signature paella and again, it was good, but not super standout. The bottom of the pan had a bit of crunch to it though not as much as I like, and the dish was quite salty. Paella hortelana - better than I expected for a vegetarian paella, though this one didn't really have any of that awesome bottom of the pan rice. I enjoyed the mushrooms and pine nuts, however.
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Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
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The most expensive, albeit most delicious, falafel I've had yet in San Francisco. Kosher restaurant. The only place I've been to in SF that serves falafel properly with pickles and sauerkraut and spicy sauce and tahini instead of just lettuce and tomato and other junk. Pita was fabulous. People were nice. This would TOTALLY be my go to spot, but at this price tag, I just can't. Instead, it's my nice Israeli treat.
Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
DOSA, what can I say about you that I haven't already? I love love love you. Everything I've had here has been good. Most things stand out awesome, a few just solid good, but I've never had anything that just wasn't delicious. Most recently I enjoyed fabulous service (thanks Austin!) and the following: Peony cocktail - gin, hibiscus-masala nectar, coconut agave nectar, lime, birds eye chile. Super tasty and refreshing on a hot summer day (which it actually was, weirdly enough), though I could have used more chile. The strongest taste was probably coconut followed by the lime, which was delicious, but I was more interested in the weirder ingredients :) Dahi Vada - lentil fritters doused in yogurt sauce with mint and tamarind chutneys. This was maybe the first thing I've had at DOSA that I wasn't completely in love with. It was very heavy on the yogurt and not heavy enough on the chutneys. Between the yogurt and the dense lentil fritters, this was a very heavy dish for a "small plate". Karaikudi Chicken Korma - chunks of chicken in a curry. Super delicious. This was described by our waiter as a "light summer curry" when we ordered, and while I was doubtful, he was absolutely right. All the full flavors you expect from a curry without the usual heaviness. Really great cinnamon, coconut, ginger, and garlic here. I could have drank the sauce on its own, and the thinly sliced peppers on top gave an added lightness to the dish. The chicken was outrageously tender and the curry had just the right amount of heat. Indian Moons Uttapam Sampler - five mini uttapams, chef's choice. Of course, the one the chef didn't choose was the spicy one, which was the one I wanted to try most, but my bad for not outright asking for it. This was a great way to try nearly every uttapam on the menu. My favorite might have been the quinoa "thinnai" which I think had the most "stereotypical" Indian flavors, between the lentil, chiles, and curry leaves. I also enjoyed the textures of the mushroom and truffle uttapam, though I found it lacking in truffle flavor. The summer uttapam was super summery and fresh tasting, though it seemed to lack the standard Indian spices. The onion uttapam and the pea and paneer uttapam were fairly lackluster on their own, but with the sambar and chutneys, they perked right up. And really, I think the stars of the meal are always the sambar and chutneys. Can I just buy these to take home with me? Previous standouts include the shredded duck, samosas, spicy mung masala, these awesome fish cakes I had once but can't remember the name of... You really can't go wrong here. Come anytime.
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Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
I had a nice evening meal at Delfina. I came here for an 8:00 reservation on a Wednesday night. We were seated immediately and the ambience was warm and cozy. Our waitress suggested we start with something bubbly and recommended a lambrusco for us. It was pink in color but not overly sweet and provided a nice freshness for the start of our meal. Our waitress helped us determine how many things to order and opened the bottle of wine we had brought in. Throughout the meal she provided excellent service and she's a large reason why I'm giving Delfina 4 stars instead of 3. Overall, the food was kind of hit or miss. We shared: Tartine Bread - served with house-cultured butter. The bread was fluffy and served as a huge portion, perfect for dipping with various dishes as the evening went on. It would have been nice if it had been served warm, however. The butter was super fresh and creamy and had a nice sprinkling of salt on top. Heirloom Tomatoes - with pane strappato, stracciatella, gaeta olive, anchovy. Our waitress kindly warned us that the olives had pits before we dove in, which I thought was unnecessary but very nice of her. The tomatoes were juicy, sweet, and fresh, perfectly summer-time ripe. The cheese was creamy and paired nicely with the acidity from the tomatoes and the crunch from the croutons. My date, who doesn't really like tomatoes, loved this dish. The whole thing was well seasoned, the olive oil was high quality and very tasty, though I missed the anchovy flavor that was described on the menu. Papparedelle - with lamb sugo, black-eyed peas, gypsy peppers. This is where things went a little down hill for me. The pappardelle itself was delicious, perfectly al dente, though MUCH thicker than any pappardelle I've seen before. It was huge. The sauce was also really tasty, nice and hearty, and I liked the texture added from the black eyed peas. The lamb was a bit stringy though, as if it was perhaps overcooked, and while I liked each ingredient on the plate, they seemed to be too separate from one another as opposed to one cohesive dish. Pancetta-Wrapped Rabbit Saddle - served with smoked eggplant and Jimmy Nardello peppers. This dish sounded so often but just didn't deliver. The meat was a bit rare and mushy on the inside. The pancetta wrapping was nicely salty but not crispy enough for my taste. The peppers were nicely crisped and charred, and the eggplant was delicious and well cooked, but I just wasn't satisfied with the rabbit itself. Overall, this was a great meal in terms of general experience. The service was great, most of the food was good, and the company was fantastic. There are definitely things on the menu I'd love to try if I came back, but given the hit-or-miss quality, I likely won't be rushing back.
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Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago