It was Birthday Time again, and we chose Farallon for the event. It gets mixed reviews, by Chowhounds and elsewhere.
This was a fabulous evening. We dressed nicely; others were more casual. Decor is an important point here -- I love art, especially art glass, and this place is gorgeous. If you sit upstairs, be sure to walk to the back of the downstairs room, must-see sea-urchin shell lighting.
OK! OK! the food & wine!
I was expecting more fish-centric than it was.
We did the 5 course tasting menu, heres a quick rundown: amuse bouche was asparagus veloute, then ahi tuna carpaccio, with celery leaves and surprising fried capers that saved this dish from the "been there done that tuna carpaccio". Then halibut, I think there was a duck or a squab course in there, then beef with crisped potatoes and apple caramel bread pudding with a puff of cinnamon whipped cream.
All dishes were solidly executed, flavors were balanced, with a few surprises like the capers. The food doesnt quite reach sublime like Fifth Floor and Gary Danko, but it exceeded our expectations, given the mixed reviews Ive seen.
We chose the wine pairing option, the wines were well chosen, paired well. Sommelier was friendly and we chatted wine for awhile.
Service was professional and our server seemed to adjust her style with the couple obviously on a date, as compared with the larger family group.
We might find ourselves back at Farralon. Next time I will request the back room with the sea-urchin shell lights.