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Lazy Bear Meal Review [San Francisco]

patsully | Jun 22, 201509:05 PM

I finally made it to Lazy Bear's new permanent location on 19th street and had a great meal with my wife.

Our opening snacks include Whipped Scrambled Eggs, Beef Tartare, Grilled Seaweed Focaccia, Soft Shell Crab Tempura and Corn Custard. With all of that behind us, we sat down to our meal.

Lazy Bear Layout

The view from the Lazy Bear balcony.

Welcome Punch

Gin-based with a focus on fresh cherries.

Spelt & Rye Dinner Roll

Their take on Parker House rolls, with cultured butter. The salted butter really made this shine. I wish I had a second roll just so I could have finished it all.

King Salmon with Cucumber, Lemon Verbena, Melon, Mint

A cold, incredibly refreshing, the salmon was prepared sous vide for 10 minutes, then it was put in a chill bath for another 10 minutes.

New Potato Fondue with Morels, Peas, Kale, Fines Herbes

"New" in that the potatoes have only been out of the ground for three days. The "fondue" element was an aged cheddar on the bottom of the dish that played perfectly with the other flavors. I've never enjoyed morels before, but these were fantastic.

Pork with Collard Greens, Apricot, Vidalia Onion, Lardo

Pork shoulder, sous vide for 18 hours. Jalapeño, brown sugar and salt rim with stringed collard greens and pureed apricots. I really enjoyed the pork, but wasn't blown away by the collard greens, as they didn't add much flavor to the dish.

Smoked Squab with Fig, Fig Leaf, Chanterelle, Sherry

Dry aged, seared lightly and then cold smoked. My favorite dish of the night by far as the outside was perfectly searced and I very much enjoyed the fig and chanterelle mushrooms.

White Sesame with Raspberry, Rose Geranium, Sake Lees

With both fresh and freeze dried raspberries. The mixture of both created some varied texture. Very refreshing.

Olallieberry with Cocoa Nib, Foie Gras Mousse, Buckwheat

My first time eating an olallieberry, but the foie gras mousse stole the show. I didn't make as many notes on the preparation of this one.

Treats: Macaron, Financier, S'mores Semifreddo

My favorites: #1 Financier with Miso, Cajeta, Almond. #2 Macaron: English Pea, Yuzu, Mint. Financier with Miso, Cajeta, Almond. And #3, the S'more with smoked salt. There was certainly nothing wrong with the s'mores, but the first two both offered something unexpected.

Though Lazy Bear is undoubtedly a pricey experience, I really enjoyed the experience and left very full. We opted not to partake in the $85/person wine pairing, but the cocktail options were excellent.

We tried the following cocktails:
- "Stalk Market" with Fino Sherry, Dry Gin, Chamomile, Blanc Vermouth, Rhubarb Pickle, Celery
- "Oh Snap!" with Old Tom Gin, Lime, Snow and Snap Pea, Tonic
- "In the Pines" with St. Georges Terroir Gin, Torino, Maraschino, Absinthe, House Bitters, and Fir Tips. This one was bottled overnight and my favorite.

If you've saved up some money, I recommend Lazy Bear highly. It's fun to sit with a large group and chat and the staff was extremely nice and encouraged everyone to spend some time to walk up to watch the preparation of the meal and ask questions.

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