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The Lounge at the Ritz Carlton, SF

Cecelia | Sep 3, 200503:07 PM

My husband, daughter and I had tickets to Wicked, the Musical for Friday night. Not wanting to enjoy the show and then have to drive back to the East Bay, we decided to spend the night at the RC, SF.

We were greeted at the door by a lovely young lady with the perfect introduction: "Could I offer you a glass of champagne?"

We didn't think we'd have time to luxuriate in a full on dinner at the RC, so we opted for snacks and drinks at the Lounge right off the entry.

A great people watching place, the Lounge boasts some comfy chairs and excellent service. We ordered our usual, the magical blue elixir, aka a Bombay Sapphire martini, extra dry and staight up. The drinks came in individual shakers and were poured into prechilled glasses. These martinis were spot on. Kudos also to the Shirley Temple, offered with three maraschino cherries.

The drinks are served with appetizers of their own: crispy chips, assorted salty nuts and three different olives.

I almost didn't order anything else, but no...

My husband and I ordered the cheese service, a "chuncky" green salad and, again ever the adventurous, the pasta with butter and parmesan for Claire.

The cheese plate was just about perfect. Humboldt Fog Goat's milk cheese, a savory blue and a hard almost aged cheddar cheese served with green and red grapes, crackers, nuts and figs. There was a wafer thin parmesan crisp that really went well with the Humboldt Fog. Only minus was no bread. I need my starches with my cheese.

The composed salad wasn't so hot. The lettuce was chilled, but it was served with an unremarkable dressing and some green beans which almost (gasp) seemed canned. However, the salad also came with a variety of beets and tomatores which were, in a word, spectacular.

Claire's pasta was boring but well prepared. Whose daughter is she, anyway?

Around 5:30 or 6:00, a sushi chef began to set up his wares in the middle of the Lounge. I thought he might be intrusive, but he really didn't take away from the atmosphere. We didn't sample from his cart.

All in all, a nice place to pick up some tasty eats, not spend an arm and a leg (maybe just an arm) and enjoy a good drink and a warm atmosphere.


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