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Range 03/07/10

Ridge | Mar 7, 2010 09:22 AM

Last night we went to Range restaurant with some friends. This was a second birthday dinner I planned for my partner. It was our first time at Range. We had a string of slightly disappointing bay area meals so I did not get my hopes up. I was thinking perhaps I was getting jaded and overly picky. But the string of disappointing meals was about to end. Our dinner at Range was excellent. The food was uniformly delicious. The food was fresh, refined, very flavorful and not overly heavy or butter saturated. I will be coming back here for certain and highly recommend it.

Here is what we ate:

little gem lettuces with bacon, aged cheddar cheese, breadcrumbs and green peppercorn vinaigrette- Excellent way to start the meal. Fresh and tasty.

California yellowtail, clementine mandarins and orach. The fish was impeccably fresh tasting. Excellent.

steamed manila clams with fennel sausage and spicy chilies. Served with grilled bread. This was completely amazing. Steamed clams are ubiquitous at restaurants but I couldn’t remember the last time I ate a more delicious and satisfying version. The sausage went perfectly with the clams and the broth was not a heavy butter bomb as is often the case with steamed clams.

whiskey and brown sugar glazed pork spare ribs. Another stellar dish. The meat was moist and flavorful and not overly greasy.

Roasted lamb and spaetzle main course. Consisted of a lamb chop and a hunk of braised shoulder over toothsome spaetzle. I ordered my chop medium and others ordered it medium rare. I liked that the chops actually arrived done as they were ordered. The chops were excellent. The hunk of braised shoulder was incredibly moist and perfectly seasoned and flavored. The sauce was perfectly balanced. This dish was a huge success.

One of our party ordered the mushroom cannelloni. It was pretty amazing.

For dessert we shared:

Cheesecake- very good

Ice cream coated with a chocolate shell-very good

bittersweet chocolate soufflé- It was refreshing to eat a chocolate dessert that was actually… chocolaty.

842 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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