San Francisco Mother’s Day Brunch
Mom has fed you so many times, so this Mother’s Day, treat her to a special brunch. The whole family can enjoy everything from strawberry waffles with a cappuccino to a succulent plate of crabs’ legs paired with a Mimosa.
Absinthe Brasserie & Bar Restaurant Review: Absinthe is an anchor of the fashionable Hayes Valley dining scene. At this casually elegant corner brasserie and bar, styles mix effortlessly. You’ll see some regulars in jeans and others in tuxedos (thank you, Opera House)—all with full plates and glasses, chattering madly. Thanks to chef Adam Keough, Absinthe’s menu is scored with meaty dishes, from lighter fish and seafood to slow-cooked roasts and confits. The heaviness is balanced by seasonal vegetables—a simple, pedigreed pile of mixed cresses tossed with toasted hazelnuts will wow. The nightly crudo—maybe hamachi with a ramp purée, trout roe and a sea-salt crunch—makes a solid argument for straying from the oyster menu. Expert cocktail pairings from the venue’s famed bar are a fun alternative to wines. Service is smooth and knowledgeable. Brunch is also a specialty here. No matter the meal, be sure to order dessert. Pastry chef Bill Corbett’s inventive beet cake surprises, but if you’re feeling less daring, we recommend the German chocolate cake.
Alioto’s No. 8 Restaurant Review: Just because it has resided on the heavily touristed Fisherman’s Wharf forever doesn’t mean Alioto’s is strictly for tourists. Locals love the place, especially if they were born with, or developed, some serious Italian taste buds. In addition to the multitudes of seafood dishes (from smoked salmon to crab cakes to prawn cocktails), the kitchen turns out one of the best cioppinos in town and such robust Sicilian specialties as calamari showered with bread crumbs, garlic and anchovies. Meat lovers can stick to the Alioto antipasti plate, lemony veal piccata, or steak and fries. The wine list is extensive and well-chosen; Nunzio Alioto is a master sommelier.
Americano Restaurant Review: If it occupied hip yet homespun digs in some far corner of the Mission, Americano might, ironically, get more attention than it does hugging the side of Hotel Vitale. Served all day, chef Kory Stewart’s menu criss-crosses regions of Italy and leans heavily on house-made pickles and sausages, cocktail-friendly antipasti and beautifully cooked hunks of meat and seafood, trafficking in satisfying, familiar flavor combinations. There are few risks taken, and yet a wealth of rewards: to name several, a grease-free platter of fried Brussels sprouts husks and sweet baby artichoke hearts, a subtle, lemony tuna conserva and lovely cavatelli with lamb sausage, almond-mint pesto and wafers of salty-sour pecorino. Service is detailed and smooth. Wines ordered by the glass come in mini-carafes. A special dessert section boasting smaller-portioned mini-desserts for tables eager to share is a nice touch. This hotel restaurant situated between the Financial District’s busy corridors and the tourist-clogged Embarcadero hosts splashy corporate happy hours and business lunches as well as exhausted hotel guests. Many such establishments gamely deign to tackle a diversity of occasions; Americano is rare in that it does so while remaining, almost surprisingly, a very good restaurant.
Andalu Restaurant Review: Andalu answers San Francisco’s call for a casually elegant, comfortably chic nightspot that’s not hard on the wallet. The self-proclaimed small plates, big flavors menu and approachable wine list, including 35 wines by the glass, attract a mixed and energetic crowd. The long bar and small cocktail tables in the back are perfect for a quick bite and a pitcher of luscious sangría. Well-trained servers help to pace the small plates menu to create an experience akin to fine dining. Start with the playful Cambazola cheese fondue paired nicely with Fuji apples and Asian pears. The ahi tartare tacos are decidedly international doused with chilies, lime juice and mango salsa. A plump, moist Dungeness crab cake plate provides some Middle Eastern flair with a harissa mayo. Larger plates, like the bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin or the Coca-Cola-braised spare ribs, will satisfy even the heartiest of appetites. Be sure to leave room for the spectacular made-to-order doughnut holes spiked with Castillian hot cocoa.
Hotel Nikko San Francisco
222 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Anzu Restaurant Review: Anzu, overlooking the lobby of the elegant Hotel Nikko, offers Asian-influenced California cuisine, complemented by a nine-seat sushi bar in a contemporary environment.
AQ Restaurant & Bar Restaurant Review: When most folks see the letters AQ (“As Quoted”) next to an entrée, it typically symbolizes a dish with a sky-high price tag. However, executive chef-owner Mark Liberman’s intention in naming his mid-Market restaurant this well-known acronym was to emphasize the “fresh at market” nature of his ingredient-driven menu, not one that is astronomically priced. In fact, AQ’s prices are surprisingly moderate, with pricing grouped by category. The long, narrow space features a 65-seat dining room and 22-seat counter at a large, open kitchen. Exposed brick walls, timber beams and 12-foot-tall warehouse windows make for a venue that is at once cozy and modern. That same duality is evident in Liberman’s cooking, where he delivers vibrant, earthbound dishes with sophisticated presentations. Bitter, juicy bits of grapefruit are placed between creamy morsels of charred avocado, further punctuated by tender hunks of Monterey squid. Cured local sturgeon is another exciting dish, thanks to a smattering of flavors and textures: airy dollops of yogurt, potato chips, and tart pickled apples. Monkfish roasted in an IPA is hearty and uncharacteristically savory. Desserts are artistic, such as geometric discs of thyme blancmange, each with a tailored center of huckleberry compote. The wine list numbers more than 200 bottles, with the majority stored in what was once a glass conference room in the restaurant’s basement.
Bar Agricole Restaurant Review: From the concrete floor to the beautifully colored recycled wood paneling lining one wall, the minimalist black booth seats, and the sculpted “curtains” of plastic tubing that diffuse light from its skylights, Bar Agricole is a delight to behold and one of the few SoMa joints that actually lives up to its neighborhood’s industrial reputation. As for the locally sourced, mostly organic food and drinks, the restaurant seems to lean on its deserved attention for first-rate mixed drinks—the strong but balanced bourbon old-fashioned that uses both aromatic and marasca cherry bitters, for example—but its short, seasonal dinner menu rewards those who stay to eat. Guests are allowed to play it safe, as with the creamy polenta filled with roasted Brussels sprouts and poached egg, or be more daring with dishes such as a fried rice ball stuffed with clam-like sea urchin and sorrel atop horseradish and spicy pepper cress. A half chicken arrives with bacon-crisp skin covering tender meat and, in an unexpected bit of eye candy, the foot still attached to the leg. Desserts are mercifully easy on the sugar: the brown butter cake with candied kumquats is nice and light.
Bar Tartine Restaurant Review: This stylish, rustic restaurant from the owners of celebrated Tartine bakery underwent a transformation in early 2011 as chef Nick Balla (O Izakaya Lounge, Nombe) replaced Chris Kronner. Though generally known for his Japanese cooking, Balla helped steer Bar Tartine into an entirely new territory: Eastern European cuisine (think Budapest and Copenhagen). Earthy flavors abound. Try a selection of pickles (cucumber, radish or the delicate trumpet mushroom) before moving on to chopped chicken liver, egg and pickled fiddlehead ferns on rye, or goat meatballs with spinach, chili and garlic. The dinner menu may seem unfamiliar but you’ll be charmed by dishes such as halaszle (rock cod, Hungarian wax pepper, broth, purslane and fennel) and gulyas (brisket, wine, caraway broth, whole-wheat bread and marrow). The wine list is deep and worldly; desserts mimic the dinner menu and have a delicate eastern European touch. Lunchtime counter service offering high-end sandwiches, snacks and some baked goods is available midday Wednesday through Sunday.
Beach Chalet Restaurant Review: The draw here is not the food, nor the notable house-made microbrews. Instead, it is the spectacular 180-degree view of the waves crashing on Ocean Beach. The vintage, beachside building does triple duty as an historic site and two restaurants—the Beach Chalet upstairs and more casual Park Chalet brewpub downstairs with outdoor seating on Golden Gate Park. The foyer’s small museum features a written history of the park and a collection of restored Depression-era murals. Arrive during daylight hours for the best views.
Beretta Restaurant Review: Sleek and modern with dark wood, clean lines and vintage chandeliers, this sophisticated cocktail and pizza enclave attracts a hip crowd. The artisanal drink program crafted by local celeb mixologist Thad Vogler (Slanted Door, Bourbon & Branch, Jardinière) features big, fresh flavors, such as the Airmail—a large mint leaf rafted atop a foamy balance of rum, honey, lime and Prosecco. Italian small plates and pizzas are served nightly until 1 a.m., intensifying the draw for lively Mission mingling. Seasonal, two-to-three-bite plates lean toward Roman flavors and preparations—peppery, strong, mostly unrefined, including a good bruschetta and tangy eggplant caponatina. The restaurant should be called “burrata” for the cheese’s many appearances, and it steals the show most notably on the pizza margherita where we would like to taste a bit more sauce and flavor. Pizza in general may not actually be the restaurant’s strongest suit, as crusts frequently appear semi-soft and under-crisped. Service can seem a bit overwrought given the large and lively crowds, but no matter: best to secure a spot at the long communal table near the bar, watch the action and make new friends during the wait for shared nibbles.
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