Last weekend on business, three ladies were treated to The City on every level. As one gal was a tourist from Conneticut, never having been to San Francisco, I opted to choose the destinations and the food happenings. Friday night at Moose's was close to perfect. Coit tower all lite up, the park magical in it's evening wear, we were Seated promptly with reservations at nine. Piano music playing by The Duchess, the scene was subdued and lovely, a full house of patrons. We ordered champagne, and then chicken and fish dinners. The chicken was finger licking good, with yummy scallop potatoes. A roasted perfection. The fish, an Atlantic cod in lobster broth was on the mushy side, but the broth was good enough to soak up with the Italian loaf. The general service was above excellent, as the ladies were somewhat demanding in attention and questions, needing t-shirts, and coffee, but a lot of fun for a Friday night in Washington Square. The next day we played tourists with a car, headed out to the seashore, south of Golden Gate, then through the park, to finally get lunch, land with valet parking at Scoma's. I know this place gets panned for it's tourist trade, but I have never had a bad meal, seating or service here. We were seated within five minutes, after being told twenty. For whatever reason, the Wharf was jammed, the restraurant was bustling crowded, the service staff was smiling broadly. We all ordered the Seafood Saute, an amazing mix of shellfish, all shelled but the tails. A light mix of wine, garlic, maybe a tomato, throw on some Italian parsley and green onions. Done in under five minutes. Lightly cooked rigatoni and fresh parmesan finishes off the plate. The shimp are like pillows, the lobster tenderer than the next night at Masa's, many many crab claws. Every piece a true esscense of itself, only barely covered with the broth/sauce. To walk this off, we headed to pick up souviners around the square, then back, to pick up our car so easily parked in the center of the action, valet if you please. Is this bad?
That night at Masa's early seating, we arrived on time, and were seated promptly. This dining room is stunning, comfortable, and people friendly. Our experience in general was amazing. Service impeccable, helpful in choosing wines, patient with our questions regarding the menu. We all ordered the nine course, with two ladies getting one style of dish, and one getting a variation on the theme. The plates were sent around the table on each course. The ones I remember the most were the Sunchoke soup with lobster pudding, and the seared fois gras with huckleberries. We will be back as every dish was an amazement of fresh ingredients. Caviar, seared skate, broiled squab and filet mignon. An iron chef happening, as the Japanese contender from the show was seated next to us, and Ron came out to greet them. Big smiles everywhere. The going price for the nine course is $107.00. Personally the best meal/service I have ever encountered at any price. Thank you Chowhounds!