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Coi restaurant -- preliminary report

Marylou | Apr 16, 2006 06:00 PM

I stopped into their lounge for a bite last night...it seems like not too many people know they're open yet, but I have a feeling it won't be long before it's impossible to get a table there. The dining room serves a prix-fixe menu that looks really interesting, with some typical Daniel Patterson flourishes (litsea cubeba, etc). Since I wasn't up for multiple courses, I ordered a couple of dishes off the shorter lounge menu. The asparagus soup was perfectly accented with a fresh minty flavor that seemed like the essence of spring. The pork cheek stew I had next was unbelievably tender -- I overheard the diner next to me say it was the most delectable meat he'd ever had. I could barely finish the portion, and I think it was only $15-$17 for the dish, which could easily have fed two with a starter. The final home run was the dessert: a sumptuous medjool date terrine with a scoop of vietnamese coffee ice cream. Stellar. The wine list is short for now, but it does have a lovely 03 Palacios Remondo rioja by the glass. They're still working out a few service kinks, but it's a very promising start from a fine chef I'm happy to see back in the SF food scene.

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