On Thursday I met my friend (who will be known as Annie P from this point forth) for lunch at the Ferry Building. She lives in London with her British boyfriend (side note: I am partly responsible for the existence of their relationship. In Judaism, I would be called the “Shidduch“), but visits San Francisco often because her family is here. This is good news for me because I get to meet her for lavish lunches at the Ferry Building, the perfect middle point between her house and my office.
We settled on Boulette’s Larder for this particular lunch, another recommendation from Panini Girl. Since her last recommendation proved to be a delicious decision, I trusted that this would be no different. Annie P and I opted for a table outside on the pier. I sipped on a 2010 Les Domaniers Côte de Provence Rosé (of Grenache) while she stuck with coffee, her vice of choice. Before the waiter could even tell me what the special was, Annie P mentioned that there was a delicious sounding stuffed quail recipe that I might be interested in. The waiter then mentioned that they had once left. After glancing over the rest of the more-than-appealing menu for half a minute, I put my order in for the quail special. Best. Decision. Ever.
The quail was stuffed with Bloomsdale spinach over a bed of braised lentils, topped with fresh parsley and a type of Chimichurri. My description doesn’t do it justice. The quail was tender, the lentils were perfectly cooked and seasoned, the amount of food was Goldilocks perfect (not too big, not too little, just right), and the flavors melded together harmoniously. I also had an opportunity to try Annie P’s halibut over mixed greens with a Parmesan-lemon dressing. The fish was cooked perfectly, and I loved the light dressing on the radicchio. It was almost like an egg-less, anchovy-less Caesar dressing. YUM.
All in all, the meal was beautiful and scrumptious, filled with the freshest ingredients put together in simple yet innovative ways. I would definitely second this recommendation to anyone looking for a class-act San Francisco dining experience.