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Lunch at Citizen Cake, and Champagne at Arlequin

Fatemeh | Feb 9, 200503:34 PM

What a lovely way to spend a gorgeous San Francisco Saturday.

Sixy Beast & I decided to check out the Arlequin Bruno Paillard tasting this past weekend, and planned on getting lunch at Tamal beforehand. Of course, we came to learn that Tamal is not open for lunch on the weekends so we ended up at Citizen Cake.

We shared the Croques Tartuffe sandwich ($11) and the Ahi Tuna salad ($13).

The sandwich, made on sourdough levain bread, was generously loaded with gruyere cheese, wild mushrooms and a drizzle of truffle oil. It was all grilled on a panini press and served oozing and delicious. I loved this sandwich for how complex and yet utterly simple it was.

The salad was a "sister" to nicoise salad - tuna, greens, potato and sauce gribiche on a bed of farro. This was so delicious. The tuna was spiced with a rub that included star anise, which was surprisingly complimentary to the rest of the salad. I have to admit I'd never eaten farro before, and this was a lovely introduction - toothy grains similar to barley, but with a distinctly different flavor. I loved these so much, I tried to find some at the Pasta Shop in Berkeley, to no avail.

I won't give too much detail about the champagne-tasting since it's not SF-focused, but if you'd like, you can link to my blog below for the details.

To keep it SF-centric, Arlequin is a lovely place for a tasting, and we're planning on heading back for the Zinfandel tasting they are planning in March.


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