Just came from Ubuntu. The food was crazy good!!! My husband, my daughter and I stuffed ourselves. We were hard pressed not to order every dang thing on the menu! It was all so insanely delicious!
We started with a generous serving of enormous sevillano olives marinated with pink peppercorns and horseradish - fresh, delightfully squeaky and perfectly salted.
We were thinking of a couple choices from the cool plates menu but we'd been outdoors all day and were more in the mood for hot plates, but we picked one: salsify with salsa verde, olive-caper parmesan pesto and butter lettuce. It was fantastic. We mopped up the plate with the warm, chewy bread provided.
We chose three hot plates, the first was stuffed bok choy in a french pumpkin soup with lemongrass and basil. This dish was amazing. Lightly spiced, delicate, truly outstanding in every way.
Of course we tried the four cauliflowers in a cast iron pot based upon everyone else's review and we were not disappointed. The steam was wonderfully fragrant when the server lifted the lid. My husband practically licked out the little black pot, and we could barely get him to share.
We also order the rustic stew of black radish, sunchoke and turnip, served with faro, swiss chard and tea-soaked prunes - yum! It was an old fashioned dish that actually tasted like something my Romanian great grandmother used to make. I loved the tea-soaked prunes!
Our last hot plate was the unbelievably good anson mills speckled grits, hickory smoked, with barbecued brussel sprouts, and celery root salad. It was so good we scooped up every single bite. The grits were wonderfully creamy and smokey and the brussel sprouts were absolutely perfect.
In addition, we ordered the wild nettle and garden kale pizza with an egg on top. OMG! We inhaled it! That was THE BEST pizza I've ever eaten in a restaurant and certainly the first time I've eaten an egg on a pizza. Even the egg was great. We used the crust to scoop up everything else left on the table, and I don't normally like pizza crust but this crust was really tasty.
Despite the fact that we were totally full, all the desserts looked so incredible that we tried two - the out of this world medjool date cake and the cheesecake in a jar. Plus my daughter and I both had the hot chocolate with Bluebottle Coffee - heavenly! Yummo! I haven't tasted anything like it outside of Europe. My husband was sorry he didn't order the chocolate because I was only willing to share a tiny sip of mine. We all agreed that we could eat the date cake every day for the rest of our lives. The cheesecake was excellent, but nothing special except for the sour cherries and the presentation. But all the cookies that accompanied the desserts were to die for.
$150.00 for three people with two glasses of good wine and an Anchor Steam. Worth every single penny. The environment is delightful, our server was helpful and attentive without being invasive, the chef is extremely friendly, and everyone in the restaurant seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely and I'm quite certain very few of them were vegetarians.
There are so many wonderful restaurants in the Bay Area, but this was something special - of course the fact that I don't eat red meat has a lot to do with it's appeal for me, but even my husband (who hates to spend money at restaurants) came home happy, satisfied and voiced not a single complaint. As a matter of fact, he said he'd love to go back for lunch.
I will go back for the chocolate - Bluebottle Coffee alone!