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Taste Pavilions

skimc | Aug 30, 2008 03:51 PM

Just got back from the Taste Pavilions at Fort Mason. When I first got the email about the "slow dough", I was a little disappointed at the late notification and also skeptical that it would live up to the hype. But I must say I was pleased with our experience. The food was very high quality and delicious. I loved the charcuterie and so did everybody else. Be prepare for LONG lines (at least 20 min). They rotate the meats so if you go an hour or so later, there will be a different selection. If you go tonight or tomorrow, I suggest you do the divide and conquer method with a friend(s). Stand in line first at charcuterie, then have a friend get your wine and another friend get cheese and another get pizza. Those are probably the most popular "tastes" and the lines reflect that. My favorite was the fish taste. There was an octopus salad with deep fried garbanzo beans--yummy! Also in the taste was a fresh sardine and a trout(?) salad. Later in the afternoon there were other dishes that were equally good.
In the end, we were trying to figure out ways to spend our dough because we'd had enough to eat. We ended up just getting more wine and beer. I do wish there were more sweet things to end it. My daughter can't do dairy so the ice cream was out. The chocolate taste was good, but not very substantial.
Thank god for the water stations and no bottles!!! Finally someone gets it!

Was it worth $65? For just the food? No. But the displays were interesting and informative and there were lots of people to answer questions and steer you in the right direction. So I'm ok with paying for that overhead.

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