-At Medicine Eaststation, we began the evening slowing down from the day's rush - with an array of small plates; edamame soup, jade nuggets, inari and napa cabbage rolls, sesame lotus-shitake salad, then followed with raw nigiri sushi, curry udon, tempura, drinks of matcha, yuzu lemonade and finishing with one very lovely apple poached in vanilla, blood orange, sauvignon blanc filled with a vanilla tofu mousse and plated with a blood orange coulis. For four, this was $98 with tip.
-The walk from the Crocker Galleria to Grant Avenue for Golden Gate Bakery custard tarts warm from the oven, macaroons, and coconut tarts was a weave in-and-out of San Francisco tourists. Golden Gate closes at 8pm and the line was out-the-door.
-Arriving promptly for our 8:30 pm reservation at Saha, we were warmly greeted and seated in the happily buzzing cacophony of a dimmed dining room at the Hotel Carlton. The mood was set with a large happy birthday-singing table at center and fringed with tables of twos and fours.
The South African 2003 Pinotage Fleur de Cap $23 - a good value wine, rich with black cherry aroma and full-bodied in the mouth matched well with fennel soup with jalapeno and lemon, avocado salad with marinated tofu, BBQ tofu and mushrooms, an island of vegetables in a phyllo wrap, red curry tofu, the Saha signature ravioli, the vegan kibbeh, a small "ten-course pizza", and a mix of lentils and fava beans...coffee, Ciao Bella's sorbet/gelatos of banana mango and chocolate. Approximately $165 for four with tip -(two prix fixe dinners)
-Five hours of non-stop chowing is not excessive (chowing chant)...a contrast of mindful zen buddhist harmony and elaborate Arabic fusion flavors. Beautifully crafted foods. We delighted ourselves. Oh, yes - both Medicine and Saha excelled with gracious service.
On Sunday, we will head out to Ritual Coffee or Blue Bottle...Herbivore or Cafe Gratitude and points beyond...
Medicine New-Shojin Eatstation
161 Sutter St (The Crocker Galleria )
San Francisco 94104
Saha Arabic Fusion Restaurant - Hotel Carlton
1075 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94109
Parking Information: Validated parking: $5.00 at 1101 Sutter Street at corner of Larkin and Sutter
3 course prix fixe dinner for $30