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rnm review

la foodie | Jun 1, 2006 04:24 AM

first of all, thanks so much to the people who responded to my post about local favorites in the lower haight area! i took your advice to heart and ate at RNM, which is a small plates restaurant in the lower haight. below is my review:

although we made our reservation for 8:45 pm, we showed up at 8:00 and were seated immediately. its a pretty small place, there is a downstairs seating area, which houses a well stocked bar and an open kitchen. there is also an upstairs eating area which seemed small and intimate, secluded from the hustle and bustle of the kitchen.

first course:
clam chowder - absolutely delightful! very light, not at all thick like the condensed clam chowder one would find at the wharf. the cornmeal crusted oyster was like a very salty crouton.

arugula, fava beans, strawberry salad - fresh tasting! salad comes with ricotta cheese which goes well with the stawberry and arugula flavors.

main course:
i had the cod on artichoke puree with fennel and the blood orange beurre blanc sauce - and it was delicious. i really enjoyed the fennel in this dish.

my boyfriend has the rib eye steak and loved it. i don't eat beef so i can't really comment on this - but i did have some of his potatoes gratin where were pretty good.

**fiscalini macaroni and cheese**
this is the real reason i chose to eat here. fiscalini cheddar is my absolute favorite cheese (specifically the san joaquin gold) and i could not pass the opportunity to have it in macaroni and cheese!

it comes in a SUPER hot casserole dish as a side and it completely surpassed my expectations. the top was crunchy and the inside was smooth and creamy, each macaroni housing its fair share of buttery fiscalini goodness. SUPERB!

dessert:
molten chocolate cake - be warned, if this is on the dessert menu and you know you want to get it, order it in advance as it takes 15 minutes to prepare. i'm a sucker for molten lava cake, and this one was no exception. definitely has a rich, almost bitter taste, which the vanilla bean ice cream nicely countered.

overall it was an extremely pleasant experience. there was a large party sitting next to us, and the maitre'd offered us another table which was EXTREMELY considerate. i know there have been bad reviews about the maitre'd on cityseach, but i believe they have since changed - he was excellent.

overall i recommend rnm highly, prices are a bit steep, but reasonable for the quality of food, service, and ambience.

if you do go, you MUST try the macaroni and cheese! it is truly to die for.

Link: http://www.rnmrestaurant.com/

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