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One Market dinner & wine list report

Eugene Park | Jul 7, 2005 07:19 PM

Greetings Chowhounds!! Wanted to share the dinner I had last night at One Market. Was there with a friend, and we took advantage of the 50% off any bottle of wine deal they have running for all of July.

Because my friend and I had a couple dozen oysters at Hog Island as an appetizer before we walked to One Market, we chose to only order entrees and sides. When we walked in, the place was definitely busy, and I didn't even bother checking in with the hostess to see if a table was available. Instead, we sat at a table in the bar and were happy to receive confirmation that the full menu and wine list was available in the bar.

Our choices for sides were the big fries (big wedges of potatoes, but not a very big portion) and broccoli rabe (nice portion, but more bitter than I'd like). We had originally ordered the grilled asparagus instead of the rabe, but were informed that asparagus was not being offered as it was out of season. I might order the rabe again, but definitely will pass on the fries.

Our choices for entrees were crispy skin pork saddle with chorizo broth (the grilled special for Wednesday) and the Liberty duck breast with duck confit, mashed potatoes and mushrooms. Both my friend and I thought the pork would be akin to Chinese roast pork or like carnitas. Instead, it was a good-sized portion of white meat pork (cut similar to a beef porterhouse) with a hunk of deep fried pork rind (chicharrones) and a smoky sauce with bits of chorizo. The overall effect was not particularly good. The pork rind, while as "light" as a deep fried piece of pig skin could be, had no flavor or savory aspects. The pork steak, while of good size and quality, suffered from a lack of flavor (really, a lack of "depth"). The smoky broth offered a weird, off-kilter note to the various flavors. Both my friend and I would definitely not recommend this dish.

The star was definitely the duck. A smallish piece of duck breast (with skin) was placed atop a good-sized portion of duck confit (good), with mashed potatoes (creamy) and I think Swiss chard (good) layered underneath. The mushrooms and sauce definitely brought all the elements together. My friend and I would both order this dish again.

Some slight background in re: my friend is that she graduated from the California Culinary Academy, so her palate is as particular as mine, if not more so.

For dessert, we chose to share a mini chocolate caramel banana tart. A chocolate tart was the foundation for sliced, caramelized bananas, with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream and additional caramel swirl. Very, very tasty, and a nice ending to a decent meal.

Oh, almost forgot the wine. After paging thru their extensive wine list, my friend and I agreed that pinot noir was what we would drink. I chose a 2003 Williams Selyem Russian River, a bargain at $60 (regularly $120). Unfortunately, the wine came straight out of their temp controlled cellar, so it took some time before it warmed enough to open up. 2003 was a good vintage IMO, but it definitely could have used another couple years of bottle age.

Overall, the food was decent, and the price of the wine was excellent. I'm planning to go back a few times this month to take advantage.

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