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Salumeria - Yummy, but... [San Francisco]

possumspice | May 31, 201207:59 PM

So, being Mission dwellers and home on Salumeria's opening day, we spontaneously decided to head down and check it out. We had a mostly solid meal with a few gripes.

We got the barley with peas, sour mackerel, duck confit sandwich, and salad with lemon-anchovy dressing. The barley was definitely the least interesting of the bunch. The salad was well-dressed and texturally interesting, with a perfectly cooked medium-boiled egg and crunchy bits of breadcrumbs mixed into the greens. The mackerel was also quite good...not fishy at all and well-balanced with vinegary onions, plump golden raisins, and pine nuts. The duck sandwich was good...not mind-blowing, but solid. Crispy baguette, some kind of cherry spread that offset the richness of the duck, a handful of arugula.

So, complaints. The portion sizes are ridiculous. In a way, the antipastis kind of make up for it, b/c at $6 apiece, they can fill you up and they're better than any prepared deli food I can think of off the top of my head (for example: Bi-Rite, Pasta Shop, La Boulange). On the other hand, the duck sandwich costs $12 and was smaller, volume-wise, than a typical 6" sub. Most people, upon paying $12 for a sandwich might reasonably expect that to fill them up for lunch, but I can't imagine anyone other than the lightest of eaters to be satisfied with a sandwich of this size. The salad was also petite. It was $9, but sized like a small starter salad. I guess I'm a little dumbfounded, because Flour + Water has always struck me and my husband as one of the best quality/price ratios in the city. Don't get me wrong, the food was all great, but I can't imagine having lunch here on a regular basis, and they seem to be aiming for that sort of "neighborhood lunch spot" vibe.

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