went to Gary Danko's to celebrate an anniversary. Friend made reservations 2 months in advance, they called him twice before the date to confirm. Requested the back room, what we got was the room to the left of the main door. It is a small room w/ mirrors and about 4 pieces of art. It is relatively quiet in that room.
After ordering received an amuse bouche-a ramekin sized servicing of scallops and some cavier on top of it. It was creamy, not a lot of flavor but nice.
Next they gave us some bread. Ask about the bread waiter said it was Acme. 3 small slices of Acme baguette and some fancy looking butter.
glazed oysters w/ osetra caviar, zucchini pearls & lettuce cream. Recommended.
roast Maine Lobster w/ Chanterelle mushrooms, corn & Tarragon. Excellent, recommended.
cheese cart presented tableside w/ walnut bread and small thing of grapes. Good, recommended.
lemon herb duck breast w/ duck hash (what is duck hash anyways?-ate it but didn't care for it) brandied cherries (didn't like). Love the duck breast, other stuff didn't care about.
seared foie gras-tasted very fatty. Wish it came with crackers or bread. Too rich for me. Just ok, I would pass next time.
french macaroon ice cream sandwiches-very sweet macaroon like Bay Bread Boulangerie cut in half and ice-cream in the middle. Good though ice-cream nothing special.
Go for anniversary or even birthdays!! They gave us a special plate with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate? and some tiny cookies/candy.
Also, I think each tables get a small gift wrapped in a plastic gold stripped bag w/ a ribbon tied around it which to me was a tiny cup-size pineapple cake (I think it was pineapple). Sticky, rich, and buttery. Ate it the next day.
Don't forget the Gary Danko matchbox by the door for souvenir.
Bathroom: Gary Danko toilet paper, fancy sign for hand soap, and hand lotion, plus cloth towels.
I liked Gary Danko better than Masa's, but friends and husband like Masa better--more flavor, more amuse bouche.
800 North Point @ Hyde St, SF
The Buena Vista down the street from GD for Irish Coffee. Nice place to people watch and try the Irish Coffee (Irish Whisky, coffee, sugar cubes, and sweet cream). Friend paid, sign said to-go Irish Coffee $6.50.
Q Chinese Restaurant
6295 Jarvis Ave, Newark
(in Raley's shopping center)
open daily 11am-3pm, 4:30-9:30pm
good steamed pork dumplings (8) xiao long baos-though missing the lettuce so the wrapper gets stuck to the paper. $5.25
spicy Szechuan bean curd (ma-po tofu) $6.50. Very spicy which I love. $6.50
on-choy w/ garlic sauce-we asked for it, not on the English menu. Good.
hot garlic sauce deboned chicken $6.50. Not spicy enough for me, just ok.
green onion pancake $2.50. Too doughy, I like the thin crispy kind which this wasn't. Just ok.
Rice-extra charge, $1 a bowl I guess, next time 1 bowl is enough for 2 people.
Visa, M/C accepted. Recommended. About $35 for all those dishes and lots of leftovers.