This week I had a chance to visit Commonwealth which opened in the Mission last month. The restaurant, run by Bar Tartine alumni, offers a fine dining menu in a casual environment. The style of food is sophisticated yet accessible and the value is outstanding. We sampled the majority of the menu and found each dish expertly executed.
The standouts were the dishes at the top of the menu card. The chilled summer squash soup was perfect for a summer evening, both rich and refreshing with some complexity from the vadouvan and a crisp fried blossom. The compressed watermelon dish was also a hit, the watermelon was sweet and bright, with a crunch texture that played against a savory dollop of creamy sauce. We enjoyed their gnocchi which was light and creamy with the full flavor of mushroom and truffle coming through. This is a familiar dish executed perfectly and probably the most boldly flavored of the first courses. Out of the entrees, I enjoyed the marrow stuffed squid, but wasn't as taken by the black cod or hen preparations, though my table mates enjoyed all the entrees.
We ordered all the desserts they had available. The desserts were so good that as soon as we finished them we briefly discussed the idea of ordering another round of all of them. All the first course dishes are worthy of ordering again as well as the entire dessert card.
The tasting menu had a few interesting items such as goat cooked in hay and a foie gras dish, that we did not have an opportunity to try. I love seeing a kitchen take some risks and offer creative dishes, at their prices there's every reason to give them a try. The place is off to a nice start, I'm looking forward to seeing how their menu evolves.
2224 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110