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Dinner at Range over the weekend

blackbookali | Sep 12, 200509:46 PM

Im not sure what exactly directed me to this place on Saturday night but Im better off for dining there. First off I live in Los Angeles and am fairly new to SF dining but in my last three trips I have eaten at Hogs Island, Molinari deli, Bacco, Delfina, Zuni(twice!), Absinthe, Arlequin and Fritz. The italian places have been a real treat, especially for the price and I really love Zuni. Range struck initially as very favorable when I glanced over the menu and saw that the entrees topped off at under $20. In Los Angeles, this is a rare, where entrees either hover in the mid 20s with standout entrees topping $30 and lame plates of steamed Vegetables come in at the mid teens. We started with the tomato salad and the mussels after a couple of mojitos. The tomato salad was outstanding and the best dish of the night. The mussels were good but very scrawny, kinda dissapointing, given the reputation of seafood in the bay area. For the main courses we chose the king salmon and the much lauded coffee rubbed prok shoulder. The salmon was a nice size and came with a bed of wild mushrooms in a cream like sauce but it was salty. Just enough to be a but of a bummer. It was cooked well, a nice medium/medium rare but the saltiness was impossible to overcome, even with our dry french wine(which was very nice). The shoulder was quite good, but even that seemed a touch oversalted. The place looks and feels cool, the drinks are well poured and the service is cozy and efficent. But the food, with the exception of the tomato salad, was good but not great. Range seems like a place that is more of an option than a destination. Anyone else get a sense of this? Is the place sipping or am I just caught up in an example of "you get what you pay for"? Any other suggestions are most heartidly welcomed.

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