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Chez Nous - a food extravaganza.

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Chez Nous - a food extravaganza.

jen maiser | Feb 25, 2002 10:00 AM

Note: This is my first attempt at a 'real' restaurant report, so any feedback/comments would be welcome!

It was time for a ritualistic 'life debriefing' with a close friend, and we decided that the place to meet was Chez Nous. There was conversation to be had, and food to be eaten. Both of us had really been looking forward to eating there, and as the hour arrived, I was prepared to be disappointed. It had been hyped up in my head enough that I was not sure it could live up to expectations.

Chez Nous met and exceeded all expectations. We both walked away completely satisfied and happy with our experience.

For starters, we had marinated mushrooms and the cheese plate with walnut toast. The marinated mushrooms were warm, which made them all the more plump and delicious. And the cheese! A specific person came out to explain the cheeses and answer questions. I can't remember the details of the cheese, and they were accented by the thin bread and apples on the plate. This was a dish to savor.

Both of us ordered a glass of Chateauneuf du Pape, and it was good enough that we ordered another - should have had a bottle! I am a sucker for Chateauneuf du Pape, and don't usually see it by the glass on a menu. The wine menu was short but varied, with a good by the glass selection.

The staff seemed perfectly fine with our ordering things in stages. I was impressed by the un-pretentiousness of everyone working there, and what a comfortable dining experience they created.

So we ordered another course: Halibut ceviche which was a special, Lamb Chops with Lavender Salt, and one other salad-ish dish with manchengo cheese (can't remember much about it).

The halibut ceviche was fantastic. Very citrusy flavor that enhanced and didn't overpower. The lamb was worth ordering because of the amazing aroma of the lavender salt that it is served with. And it paired incredibly with the perfectly cooked lamb.

The unnamed dish was delicious as well (it *might* have been called jambon serrano or something like that) ... cabbage, and something bready/crunchy-ish over slices of prosciutto, I believe.

Dessert was a Pot de Creme, and Yogurt topped with walnuts and honey and dates. The yogurt was superior to the pot de creme, but I think that it is because of the novelty of the yogurt dessert. It was a perfect ending to a wonderful meal.

By the end of the (2 1/2 hour) meal, we both decided that the first course was so delicious that we would come back just for the olives and cheese when we just wanted a snack. I would also like to try the mussels, as they looked fantastic, and seem to be a specialty.

Two people, four glasses of wine: $94.00 before tip.

Chez Nous
1911 Fillmore Street
San Francisco
415.441.8044

(by the way, it was an awesome chowhound weekend. including friday, i ate at yum yum fish, chez nous, on the bridge, and that mexican restaurant across from the gas station in half moon bay.)

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