Mrs. Wineguy and I dropped in to Bluestem Brasserie a couple of weeks ago after taking in “The Steins Collect” show at SFMOMA. I think Bluestem had been open a week and my interest was piqued after seeing a small article in the Chronicle.
Mrs. Wineguy loved her Duck Confit with Frisee, poached duck egg, bacon and croutons. It was rich, flavorful and satisfying.
I enjoyed my Lamb Burger with roasted red peppers and goat cheese, served with the Kennebec Fries.
We also loved the Anson Mills Cheddar Grits. I could (but didn’t) eat three orders myself!
For dessert we had the Bing Cherry Sundae as well as the Mocha Trio. Both great!
Also of note are the cocktail program and the keg wine program.
All in all, for being open a week, I really thought they had it together.
So, we liked it so much, we went for dinner with some friends last week.
Mrs, Wineguy loved the watermelon salad with mint, feta and olives. She was not as thrilled by her lamb dish, which seemed sweet and difficult with the wine (Qupe Syrah).
One of the friends had calves liver, and loved it.
The other friend and I both had the pork. The preparation changes regularly and that night it was a trio of roasted belly, a sausage, and if my memory is correct, pulled pork wrapped in spinach, wrapped in fat and deep fried…wow!
Also ordered was the Nettle raviolis-very good.
Desserts ordered and loved by all were the Honolulu Hangover, which is chocolate coconut layer cake with toasted coconut and marshmallow meringue-amazing.
Caramelized Butterscotch Tapioca Pudding-I haven’t had a tapioca crème brulee before, but now that’s all I want.
Sealed with a kiss is Vanilla ice cream profiteroles, a strawberry rhubarb compote and rose petal cream…this was unbelievable. The profiteroles were FRESH, the rose cream was, well, rose cream! Just get it, you won’t be disappointed.
I’ve enjoyed this restaurant twice and will definitely return.
1 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103