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Last Supper Club Report

veebee | Feb 1, 2006 11:05 AM

Haven’t been to the Last Supper Club since the new owners took over and haven’t seen much about it here on chowhound. Gave it a try about a week ago.

Short review:
The service and the ambiance are great. The menu seems to change often and the food mostly sounds good and not the usual usual Italian. I found that too many ingredients repeat in different dishes and many are out of season. I think the food could shine with more care. If it did, this could be a great place. For now, not a destination, but if you live in the neighborhood, you might enjoy it.

Long Review:
The service and vibe are all-around great. The staff on the night I visited was professional, friendly, well versed in the food, and genuinely caring. The host made a point of making sure there was room at the bar for all three of us. The bartender was friendly, mentioned he was doing $3 Morettis for Happy Hour and encouraged us to grab some free happy hour hors d’oeuevres from the end of the bar. The hors d’oeuvres were not so good. Soggy bread with salty, unmemorable toppings and mushy pasta salad, but I wasn’t there for free hors d’oeurves and thought it a nice touch. We were made to feel very welcome. The place has a pleasant neighborhood feel.

We were seated at a table as soon as we asked and took our waiter’s suggestion and ordered a selection of items family style.

We had Burrata—served over eggplant and tomatoes with pine nuts. It bugged me that it was paired with out of season ingredients but I had to try it after reading so much about A-16’s version, which I have not tried. I tried a bite and it was spritzy, but not sour. I thought it must be bad, but wasn’t sure because of the lack of sourness and my lack of experience with it. We called the waiter over and told her and asked her to try it. She hesitated momentarily and then took a bite. Her eyes got big and she immediately whisked it away and said it wasn’t supposed to taste that way. She immediately brought a new one and apologized. It was good, but the out-of-season ingredients with it were unsurprisingly lackluster.

We also had clams over Fregula Sarda—this is a small round pasta like Israeli couscous. The Fregula Sarda was tossed in a garlicky tomato sauce that was quite pleasant and the tiny clams were laid on top. Seems like the whole dish was baked together. This was delicious. Savory and rustic.

Stuffed Canneloni. I can’t remember exactly but I think it had a bechamel-y meat sauce and was stuffed with spinach and cheese. It was good to share, but too rich to have to one’s self. Not earth-shattering.

Sides of Brussels sprouts, which were dry roasted in a pan or oven, giving them a nicely caramelized crust and tender interior, and spinach, cooked with pine nuts and raisins were both good.

We also enjoyed a Sicilian red wine that was fantastic. I don’t remember the name and it isn’t on their current online menu, but it was $38 if that helps. My friend tells me the winemaker stomps the grapes with his feet.

Prices seem fair. I've linked their website with menus:
I want this place to do well. Personally, I’d like to go back and try some different items and see how I feel about the food.

Link: http://www.lastsupperclubsf.com/

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