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Quince- Fantastic Food and Service!

christinet | Jun 29, 2004 02:44 PM

Quince on Friday night--Early 5:30 seating due to need to get to a concert. Valet parking great given location at busy Bush/Octavia. From the minute we arrived, greeted warmly by well-groomed gentleman, seated at table for 4 with plenty of room. Service just outstanding all evening. Staff well trained, whose goal is to make this the most pleasant experience for all. We were looked after, served promptly and efficiently (server even contacted valet so our cars were waiting for us at the door, as we departed, to allow a few extra minutes of dining bliss, without missing concert)---all done is a most professional and caring manner. Restaurant seats 44 is elegant, not fussy, like dining in an luxurious parlor, all creamy beiges and light. Menu changed daily, with many choices for appetizers, seconds (primarily pastas), main courses and desserts. Servers are the most professional we have encountered in Bay Area, exceed or on par with Gary Danko, Masas, etc.

Appetizers:
Lobster salad/@ $15- hard to pass up. Perfect amount of large chunks of lobster, well dressed. Tomatoes and Anchovy, ripe and rich tomatoes and if you like anchovy, you will enjoy; Red snapper ceviche was good. Winner was the GORGONZOLA SFUMATO which was divine, a flan/dense souffle-like intense portion of creamy gorgonzola---we all loved this app. Skipped popular spinach soup of the day,served in cute tureen (wished the corn and lavender infused soup, seen on earlier month's menu, had been available).

Bread: Tiny rolls dusted with fennel seeds and spices and the thinnest breadsticks with great flavor. Refreshed often.

Seconds (More interesting selection, in our opinions than Mains, and Chef with training at Delfina in Italy-and Chez Panisse/Oliveto- has "the touch" when it comes to pasta)-
Winners: Pasta (Garzanelli?penne-like) with morels, perfect melding of pasta, cream sauce and rich luscious morels; Pappadelle with Rabbit, intense flavors; Agnolotti filled with beef and rabbit. Less balanced, but adventurous and gutsy was the Oxtail Cannelloni, beef filling heavy/rich and intense overwhelmed more delicate two small cannelloni and light sauce---a few bites was like eating a huge plate of oxtails!

Since time was fleeing---moved right to Dessert:
Winners: Huge bowl of the best ever blueberries and blackberries outstanding--simply perfectly ripe fruit (echos of Chez Panisse) with luscious colors. Lovely Cheese plate with good selection of cheese and plenty of thinly sliced walnut bread complemented the plate of berries-as did the Nectarine and Raspberry Crostata with crisp latticed texture crust over sweet/tart fruit filling served with ice cream; Good but not as memorable was warm Peach Upside Down Cake, although mascapone on the side was splendid.
Wine: Corkage $15-decanted and served appropriately.

We floated out of the restaurant, guided by our server (woman with dark short hair and stylish black glasses) who made this a great dining experience). Looking forward to our return. We are so glad to have this restaurant in the neighborhood. Only trick will be to get in on regular basis, since it is so well received and deserving of every accolade. Don't miss this experience!

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