Wife and I had to unexpectedly cancel a trip to Spain this last week, so consolated ourselves with a long weekend in the City and a few days up in Healdsburg, up from SoCal.
First spot we hit was Swan Oyster Company - really enjoyable. We got an assorted oyster plate, which was nice way of comparing the difference in taste in the four different types of oysters we tried. Think our favorites were the blue point oysters. Also enjoyed their clam chowder and shrimp and crab cocktails. All great washed down w/ pint of anchor.
Saturday we made in to the farmers market at the Ferry Building - very impressed, better than the market down here in santa monica, which is reportably LA's best. That night we'd heard good things about the tapas at Bocadillo's in north beach - disappointing. More of a hip bar using tapas as a theme then a restaurant dedicated to authentic tapas with good wine and drink. Seems like they're trying to do a fusion thing w/ the tapas, and it doesn't work.
In Healdsburg we tried the new restaurant Cyrus. Immediately you sense this is a very professional, well thought out venture. You enter the restaurant through their bar, which is a nice warm room - nice place to start the evening off with a cocktail. They make a little show out of seating you at your table. As you are led into the dining room by the hostess, she stops at a phone, and calls the chef in the kitchen to announce that you have arrived - anyone else been here? I just about laughed out loud over this. Immediately after sitting down, they wheel over the caviar and champagne cart. We tried the california caviar which they serve with potatoe wedges, creme fraiche, chives and egg - best fries I've ever had. We did a tasting menu, of which the highlight was definetly foie gras. I had the hudson valley foie gras, delicious, came in sweet sauce, melted in my mouth. Overall, a very nice dinner, and very attentive professional service, although I swear I kept thinking to myself this place kinda seemed like a place you might find in the Bellagio in vegas, with the price tag to match.