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Quick Delfina report

Cary Wun | Dec 31, 2004 05:17 AM

Really tired right now so a lot of details of the mneu and prices you can look on their menu on their website.

Went to Delfina tonight with some coworkers. I've heard a lot of things about Delfina, and how popular it is. It was last notice so when I tried calling today the only reservations left was at 10:30pm. So we just decided to walkin around 7:30 and wait for a table.

Parking can be difficult on the street, but if you have reservations you can park on 18th and Valencia at the lot for $8. The guy there though told us (since we didn't have a res) we can park across the street in the driveway of the car lot since they were closed for the day and almost no one ever parks there except for locals or other people in the know. So we parked there easily and walked a block or so back to Delfina and were told we had to wait 30 minutes or so. It was packed inside so we waited outside for awhile. It rained lightly off and on but we had umbrellas.

Finally we were seated at the tables near the bar area. Menu was on a simple folded 8.5x11 printout, and a short winelist on another page. Two of the diners were vegetarians and they ended up splitting a salad, mushroom gnocchi, and a side of potato celery root gratin. The other diner the pork dish. And I ended up being the hog by getting the Tripe alla Fiorentina (a kind of "stew" of tripe and the chicken plate. I'm too lazy to look up the details but you can easily go to www.delfinasf.com and look at the menu there. I also ended up having two glasses of the pinot noir from carneros (9.50 each, forget the maker but it's on their website).

"Tripe stew" was excellent. I've always had a childhood liking of tripe from Cantonese dimsum and still extends to today. I wish I could identify the restof the ingredients. I should have asked the waitress.

The main dish was the half-a-chicken which was a bit larger than a cornish hen, so the portion was perfect: not too large or small. THe side on another plate was a big dollop of mashed potatoes. Chicken seemed to be roasted simply and the sauce on the plate was made with the drippings. Simple and delicious. Tender meat all around, dark and white.

For dessert I had the chocolate "cake" with a creme anglaise sauce around. Pretty standard. The "molten middle" chocolate cake is found at every restaurant and I couldn't find something about this clone that distinguished it from the others. $7.75.

Service was adequate for the type of place which is a mix of business casual and california casual. Hip, young, I want to say "rocker" or "punk" (but not really) waitresses and runners. Didn't do anything above the standard. But I noted they served, cleared, refilled water glasses from the correct side of the diners which can be rare at many restaurants.

The bar and counter is perfect for single or paired diners. I would probably go back to Delfina if I knew I could avoid a wait (meaning making a res early).

Link: http://www.delfinasf.com

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