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Charles Nob Hill - Excellent food

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Charles Nob Hill - Excellent food

julied | May 25, 2004 10:40 PM

I searched this board for postings about Charles Nob Hill and even posted asking about the restaurant, but no replies.

So, since my husband and I love tasting menu's with wine pairings for special occasions, we decided to go there for our anniversary last week.

Chef Melissa Perello is fantastic. The tasting menu was 7 courses (not including the 2 amuses- a white asparagus soup and a pea custard served in an egg shell and a little box of sweets after dessert). We were each served a different course, so we got try so many differently things. Each course was better than the next. Two of my favorites were the poached Alaskan halibut with a spring onion soubise and crème fraiche - and the coriander crusted squab breast with pickled ramps (wild leeks) and roastd squab jus. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! The flavors were all well balanced and subtle yet bold at the same time... if that makes any sense! We really enjoyed the wine pairings as well.

The room is typical old style Nob Hill, I personally think it can use a little sprucing up and the service was a bit reserved for my taste. Which was surprising because the staff is relatively young. That said, they were all very knowledgeable and when I asked if I could get a print out of the menu, I was told they didn't have one, but they would type one up and mail it to me within the week. It arrived today with a letter signed by Melissa thanking us for dining there.

Menu was $100 per person + $70 per person for the wine pairing. Well worth it for the quality of the food. And each dish was as beautiful as it was delicious.

After searching for info on this restaurant and not finding any I would have to say that this is one of the most under rated restaurants in San Francisco right now - I've read Melissa Perello is listed as one of the most up and coming chef's in the city and I can see why.

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