On Sept 2, I asked for chowhound advice and concluded that yesterday I would go to Frisson for drinks and A16 for dinner. Well, the food god was definitely in my court so I was able to make a reservation for 2 on Friday for Sunday 8:30 dinner. Now, here's "non-review" and review.
Frisoon was a total disappointment. I went there at 6:30pm and it was CLOSED. The voice message and the hours posted on the citysearch both said that it opens 6:00pm daily and made no reference to special hours during Labor day weekend, I expect it to open!!!!
To make lemonade of the situtaion, my hus and I decided to go to A16 directly and made it a long evening. The first impression - it was HOT. Not a hot scene hot but the temp. was unbearably hot. It needs serious help in ventilation. So, a word of caution, consider this before you make your reservation if SF has another evening like yesterday. Because the main room was so hot, I told the hostess (the Asian lady sorry didnt quite get her name ) to set us up in the Patio area. Since we are 1 1/2hour early, I am willing to wait for an open table. It took some nice pleading but we got to sit in the Patio area which definitely IMO much cooler and QUIETER than the main dinner room or the bar area. Definitely appreciate her help.
While we wait for our 8:30 res., we tried the Schramsberg Blanc de Noir (refreshing and perfect for yesterday's temp.) and the Campania flights - 2 whites, 3 reds. The wine wasn't that memorable for me. We did order a Burranta with toast as appertizer to go with the wine and it was fantastic. A lady patron called Kathy introduced us to it. It is like a mozzeralla cheese with more of a "stringy" texture. The olive oil and touch of sea salt definitely add the right flavor to it. The bartender - Andrew was very knowledgeable, attentive and friendly.
We were sitted promptly at 8:30. My hus. ordered the salad special - tomato with fresh herbs and croutons. The taste was so refreshing and definitely stimulated the appetite. It was perfect for a summer evening.
I had the pork ciocciotti(SP). It was a little heavy for me but the sauteed veg (chard??) has a wonderful slight bitter taste ( and I don't eat bitter) that is just perfect compliment to cut out the heaviness when ate together.
Got to run - to be continued.
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