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one heck of a fabulous meal at Bar Tartine

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one heck of a fabulous meal at Bar Tartine

escargot3 | Sep 25, 2011 03:43 PM

We went back to Bar Tartine last nite. This time we had reservations ahead of time -- and needed them. Simply put: it was an impeccable meal.

Started with duck pate on housemade rye bread -- still warm from the oven with slivers of pickled ramp, strongly flavored to stand up to the duck. And a side bed of arugula. It was sensational.

Followed by brussels sprouts with bits of carrot and a lovely presence of mint, anise and -- oddly enough -- some serrano chili. If you like the brussels at Perbacco or Barbacco-- RUN to taste these. They were like nothing I've had before.

We also couldn't resist the side of blistered padron peppers, dotted with goat cheese, and --of all things -- whey. Again, it was fun to compare this version of padron peppers with a dish we had at Barbacco last year.

Of course, I couldn't resist the house specialty: buckwheat grated egg noodles. An earthy offering from the gods of the carbs. After enjoying this dish, why would anyone want to go back to plain old white flour noodles?

For the main dish, we shared a most delicate preparation of Chicken Paprikas, with king trumpet and baby shiitake mushrooms, and a side of kale. Smokey, yet light. Rich, yet a perfect symphony of flavors.

Yes, we enjoyed dessert, but I don't recall the name: a layered chocolate with hazelnut something or other with a side of whipped cream and a generous splash of house preserved cherries.

It was outrageously delightful.

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Perbacco
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Bar Tartine
561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Barbacco
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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