We went to AQ for brunch on Sunday. It was a surprisingly chill scene considering the Folsom Street Fair participants both outside the restaurant and in.
Buttermilk donut holes
I had the melon gazpacho Bloody Mary, which was great. D's was even better though I don't recall the name (and the menu changes each week, so our dishes are not in the current menu posted to the site). Strong bar program here. I agreed with D that the coffee was weak but liked the nice touch of a rock candy stick instead of a sugar packet.
Experience-wise, this reminded me of our expensive and delicious brunch at Cotogna a while back. Cotogna's bomboloni were much better than AQ's, which I didn't think were distinguished in taste or texture. Hat tip to AQ for superior cocktails. The hash was subtle--not overly spiced or fatty. Perfect eggs, tender meat. The chopped tripe on a plank of chili oil soaked bread was great. I've visited AQ only twice, and am really impressed so far with the elegance of the dishes here.