I planned our engagement dinner at Gary Danko, located near Ghiradelli Square in San Francisco. And although the prices for our 5 course meal were definitely high, we enjoyed a once in a lifetime dinner. We started off with cocktails while waiting for our table. They even had special place settings for our special occasion! The waiter was thrilled when we told him to let the chef choose our meals :).
Appetizer: Salmon Tartar
Lobster Salad with Asian Pear, Mango, Avocado, Cashews and Lime Cilantro Rémoulade
Glazed Oysters with Osetra Caviar, Salsify and Lettuce Cream
Risotto with Lobster, Rock Shrimp, Shimeji Mushrooms and Peas
Seared Sea Scallops with Asparagus-Pea Purée, Pickled Radish, Spring Onions and Sauce Maréchal
Baked Chocolate Soufflé with Two Sauces
Warm Louisiana Butter Cake with Apples, Huckleberry Compote and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
800 N Point Street
San Francisco, CA
Written By: Roger
While we did not try the Crepes, Honey Honey Cafe & Crepery in San Francisco gave us a memorable breakfast with their Crab Cake Florentine. The hollandaise sauce that topped the poached eggs, crab cake, spinach, and english muffin stood out to us the most. It blending everything together very well and is a sauce we are thinking about recreating in the near future. We also noticed the diversity of dishes on the menu that would be perfect for brunch as well as breakfast.
Location: 599 Post St. San Francisco, CA
After a long day exploring California Academy of Science Museum and the Japanese Tea Garden we headed to Japantown. We knew we had to try the infamous Sophie’s Crepes. We opted for the Strawberry and Nutella Crepe!
1581 Webster St.
San Francisco, CA
See more pictures here: California Academy of Science Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, and Japantown – SF
We explored the Japantown shops as much as we could. Charmy went crazy over the 100 yen stores or referred to here as the dollar store. By the time we finished shopping, it was time for dinner. We wanted to try out some yakiniku at Juban, the equivalent to korean bbq. The prices were kind of steep for the amount of food we ate, but nevertheless it was a good food experience. We got an assortment of Kalbi beef, ribeye, scallops, and veggies.
Juban Yakiniku House
1581 Webster St
(between Geary Blvd & Post St)
San Francisco, CA 94115
While visiting San Francisco, the beginning of a long day started with a trip to Brenda’s French Soul Food. We had a long walk from our hotel to find this place and it was not a pleasant one, plenty of SF hobos. After finding this place we were pleasantly surprised once we walked in. The atmosphere was very homey and we were just in time for the breakfast crowd.
We came here for was the “Flight of Beignets” and it sure didn’t disappoint. It came with four different kinds of beignets: plain, apple, chocolate, and crawfish fillings. Our personal favorite was the chocolate.
Flight of Beignets
And of course never listening to Charmy I decided to order one more dish. We tried to take on a gigantic bowl of shrimp and grits. Overall the dish was good, but we both thought they added way to much cheese.
Shrimp and Grits
Another note before I end this, if you do ever find your way here do try their watermelon iced tea. It was quite a refreshing treat and a highlight of our breakfast.
Written by: Roger
Brenda’s French Soul Food
652 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94102
After a long day of shopping around San Francisco we ate a late dinner at Katana-Ya, a small Japanese restaurant known for their ramen. The calamari was a good start to the meal, but the miso ramen definitely caught our attention. Had a lot of flavor and the portion sizes were fairly large. The miso along with added corn, fried dumplings, seaweed, bbq pork, and egg make it delicious. It was definitely a great choice to fulfill our late night cravings.
430 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Pictures from around SF:
Japanese curry is something that we’ve grown fond of recently. Our recent trip brought us to Murraci’s in San Francisco. Somewhat hard to find since it’s a small shop nestled in between other restaurants. The place is very small with seating for about less than 10 people, but that is to be expected in the SF city restaurants. We were lucky enough to snag a seat in the very corner, right behind two very aggressive businessmen arguing about who had the higher income… typical.
The chicken was fried to perfection. While the curry is not the absolute best we’ve had, it still had commendable taste. It could have used a bit more spice.
Location: 307 Kearny St San Francisco CA, 94108
Our love of oysters brought us to a dreaded wait of happy hour while visiting San Francisco. Hog Island Oyster Co. farm is located on Tomales Bay north of San Francisco but have other locations in the SF and Napa. Each bar has happy hour on two days out of the week, and as we found, is no secret to oyster lovers. The wait was well worth.
The bar (Napa location)
Hog Island clam chowder
Happy Hour! Two dozen please and send the pints!
Hog Island Oyster Co.