Went to Farallon on Saturday for their Dine About Town lunch with my co-hound. Farallon always offers a $19 prix fixe lunch, so they aren't really doing anything extra for DAT. I ordered the prix fixe whereas my co-hound ordered a-la-carte.
The prix fixe menu began with a cauliflower soup with croutons. The bites without croutons were a bit bland, but the crunchy, garlickyness of the croutons made the dish more interesting.
My friend had a goat cheese tart with blood orange, beet, and endive salad on the side. The flavors didn't mix super well, much better dish if you approached it as a separate salad and tart rather than trying to mix everything together. While this dish made my soup look quite boring, we were both happy with our dishes. ($13)
You guessed it, atlantic salmon for the prix fixe. On a bed of wilted spinach with some mashed potatoes. I have forgotten the sauce. It was tasty, but, again bland enough that I don't really remember it.
Friend had the bass with gnocci and chantrelle mushrooms. Best dish of the meal. Bass had a wonderful crispy shell. ($17)
We shared the prix fixe dessert of mango sorbet with pineapple and a meringue "hat". Good light, refreshing end to the meal.
With coffee, bottled water, a half bottle of riesling, tax, and tip, the meal came to about $105.
While the items from the a la carte menu were much more interesting, everything on the prix fixe was quite good. If you can restrain yourself to tap water and no wine, could be quite a bargain.
We ate lunch at Postrio on Sunday with another couple and all ordered the prix fixe.
Had a choice or a seafood miso soup or hearts of romaine ceasar for the appetizer. Nothing extraordinary about the ceasar. The seafood miso soup was quite good and had a mix of shrimp, crab meat, and shellfish in the middle of a clear miso broth.
No choice for entree (not sure what vegetarians do.) Quail on a bed of green beans, wilted spinach, and fingerling potatoes. (Are we sensing a theme here?) Just okay. Quail wasn't very well de-boned so it was a lot of work for very little meat.
Dessert was a coconut creme brulee with the same rocky road chocolates that an earlier post mentioned. Again, not very good together. The flavor of the chocolates was so strong that the coconut in the creme brulee was a waste.
With a glass of champage for each, our half of the bill was $75 with tax and tip.
Overall, I think that DAT is better for lunch than dinner because (1) smaller portions are okay, (2) not going to drink that much anyway, and (3) basic dishes are more acceptable. The food at Farallon was the much better of the two.
Off to Charles Nob Hill tonight. Have to restrain myself from even looking at the menu. I just know that the $30 DAT menu will look just okay, but the $100 tasting menu with wine pairings will look fabulous.