I went to Fork in San Anselmo last week and I want everyone to go there now. It is like a miniature inexpensive French Laundry, although the desserts were boring and not delicious.
I chose the 7 course tasting menu and it was $49!! (there is also a nice looking vegetarian option). the plates are small tastings but they really pack a beautiful punch of innovative flavour. It was nice to see that the a la carte menu was not merely a sampling of what was on the tasting although they were completely accomodating when I wanted to have the chilled salsify soup instead of the carrot broth. The carrot broth was everything a carrot is and can be. It was fresh bright orange carrot, buttery glazed carrot and bold roasted carrot. I am not a fan of white truffle Perfume (masquerading as oil btw) but they did not put too much on top as garnish. it is rare that chefs are brave enough to use salsify as an entire ingredient so I had to taste it. The garnish was fennel pollen---an exciting idea as a garnish, but I could not taste it.
there was a crab canape to begin, one perfect scallop and an exquisite sturgeon caviar dish with cauliflower cream that was mesmerizing. this dish made me fall in love with cauliflower all over again! powerful and bold yet sweet and demure too. a fairly large round of foie gras torchon came on a too buttery piece of tiny toast, but served with vanilla poached rhubarb pieces--fabulously pink, and also a nice gasrique for acid and balance. The duck could have been more tender but it was the right size. And then dessert.
I was astonished that my butterscotch pudding was made with those shamelessly artificially flavored "butterscotch" chips and even talked to the waiter about it. the lemon tart was not lemony (old?) and the pannacotta had a very weird texture. (we ordered 3 extra desserts that were not on the tasting menu).
I realize that I have a very high expectation for desserts but the salty food was extra ordinary and I do not understand why so many restaurants do not want to follow that trend all the way through to the end.
The interior is cozy and also sophisticated. There are interesting photos and the owner greeted us when we arrived. our waiter was professional, friendly and knowledgible. Let me know what you think if you go, enjoy!
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