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The Richmond report - WOW

Maya | Jun 23, 2006 01:10 PM

I had an amazing meal last night at The Richmond (615 Balboa at 7th Ave). Right off the bat service was friendly, professional, and attentive.

Our amuse was a delicious tiny biscuit sandwich with smoked chad and a fresh herb sauce. Then we got the famed homemade baguette with three butters (kalamata, sea salt, and parsley/sage) - all delicious.

We split the appetizer of pan seared diver sea scallop & whiskey braised ox tail on creamy polenta ($9.95) which came out on two plates. Then we had the seared New York steak ($19, cheaper than on the published menu) with a puff pastry "brick" stuffed with melted brie, and fresh sauteed spinach. My companion pronounced it the best $19 steak he's ever had in his life. I had the lamb dish (not on the website's current menu), a combination of a very tender lamb stew flavored with an extremely light touch of curry (and maybe cinnamon?), fresh eggplant and zucchini - that was in the bottom of the large bowl, and on top was a lamb tenderloin wrapped in puff pastry. I believe this was about $18. It was seriously amazing. Everything was cooked perfectly and the flavors combined perfectly as well.

For dessert we had the melted valhrona chocolate tart, also wonderful, and our server brought us out complimentary glasses of madeira and tawny port. I might add that they have a fantastic, very affordable selection of wines (including by the glass) and the server picked out some great ones to match our food. John, the chef/owner, came out to say hello, as he has done each time we've been there - he's a very humble and sweet guy, and extremely talented. You get the feeling they care about every single aspect of the experience, and they use high-quality ingredients. They're really doing some amazing things at this place.

The total for 3 glasses of wine, a draft Anchor Steam, the scallop appetizer, 2 entrees, and dessert (not counting the comped ports) was $78. Get to this place as soon as you can - it would be a real loss if it closed. Highly recommended.

Link: http://www.therichmondsf.com

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