In San Francisco for a conference this week, and am planning to go to a bunch of restaurants I've heard good things about so I'll post all week.
Last night, I went to Farallon last night with my girlfriend. Pretty good.
We started off with six different oysters each, and had an excellently prepared Caipirinha as a beverage. The oysters came with a mignotte sauce that we found unpleasant, but our waiter was happy to provide us with wonderfully strong horseradish upon request.
This was followed by a dungeness crab and grilled artichoke salad which was all good, but there was no harmony between the crab and the artichokes making it a little disappointing. We every bite of it though so not complaining too much.
After this we had the tuna carpaccio, which was without a doubt the best raw tuna I have had. It was a bright, gleaming red, and buttery soft. Just heaven.
This was followed by a decent-sized slab of foie gras sitting atop a roasted apple-filled crepe. The foie was superb, seared and very rare in the middle. The crepe was tasty, although like the crab and artichoke salad, it was basically a seperate item with no real melding of flavors.
The final dish was the only real disappointing one, butter poached lobster in rice pudding. It sounded like an interesting combination, but didn't work with the rice pudding flavors dominating entirely.
I'd also like to note that the waiter who served us was incredibly good, and service in general was as good as anywhere I have every been.
Cost for two was $170 and we gave a $50 tip for the exceptional service.