A friend and I had lunch at Farallon today and took advantage of the $19.95 Dine Around Town menu.
First of all, if you haven't been to Farallon, it's worth going just to look at the place. This is one of the most interesting looking restaurants in town, and possibly in the country. From the glass jellyfish chandeliers to the arching ceilings with mosaic-looking weathered sea-theme murals, this is definitely a unique and well-conceived palace of seafood.
On to the food.
Our starter was a white bean soup, which was very smooth and creamy, and had a drizzle of oil circled in it. It had definitely been through a chinoise at least once. It was a generous portion, served in a gigantic bowl which had been well warmed. We liked it, but both agreed that it was too salty.
The main course was a mahi-mahi served on a bed of sautéed kale and onions, with pomegranate vinegar and some pomegranate seeds strewn about. The fish was perfectly fresh and perfectly prepared well seared and seasoned on top, but nicely rare in the middle. The kale made an interesting accompaniment, and my friend remarked it had a seaweed-like quality (she thought it was a bit overdone, but I thought it was intentional and liked it). We both found the pomegranates to be superfluous, but not annoying in any way. This dish was also supposed to come with polenta, but neither of us were in the mood, and the waiter graciously offered to present the dish without more kale instead, so I cant give any insight into the polenta!
The dessert was an apple cake served with caramel sauce and crème fraiche. The cake was an individual muffin-like confection, which had a very crisp outer shell with meringue like quality. The caramel sauce was particularly nice, and had raisons and dried cranberries sprinkled on it. My friend didnt like it so much, since it was dry rather than moist, but I appreciated its crispy caramelized quality.
Although I tried a couple of bites of the dessert, I had told the waiter that I was watching my carbs, and he generously offered two substitute desserts: an assortment of sorbets, and a selection of sliced fruits. I had the fruits, which were fine and were presented very nicely.
All in all, I think the $19.95 was a good value, but at the normal price of about $32.00, it would have been just OK.