Normally I don’t write posts about fine dining because it’s not accessible to the majority of my readers, but last night I had one of my most memorable San Francisco dining experiences. My mother is in San Francisco for the weekend and we elected to dine at Spruce for our “splurge meal” – you know, the place you save to go to when one of your parents is in town (i.e. footing the bill).
When we arrived at the restaurant, we were led to the Laurel Room in the back, a small room with only five 4-tops normally reserved for private dining but they open it up on Friday (their busiest night) for reservations. I was happy to be in this quiet room so that I could enjoy the evening with my mother and be away from the hustle and bustle of the main dining room. Evidently, Spruce is the “it spot” for Pac Heights and Laurel Heights dwellers on a Friday night.
I opted to bring my own bottle of wine because I knew their wine list would be pricey and we could save some money on corkage. I selected a 2007 Saddleback Cellars Zinfandel that I had been waiting to open with at least one of my parents since they bought it for me several years ago on a trip to Napa. The wine was brought to the sommelier, Melissa, to be decanted while we sipped on our Kir Royales.
My mother and I decided to share two appetizers and two entrees: the Foie Gras (soon to be banned in California), Bay Scallops, Pork Tenderloin and Liberty Farms Duck. We also shared a dessert of Frozen Key Lime Pie. What follows is a pictorial storyboard of our meal.
Everything was fantastic and paired perfectly with out wine selections (except the Key Lime Pie, which we opted to have them bring after we finished our Zinfandel). Of course, it wouldn’t have been anything special without the company of my favorite fellow-diner and the woman who taught me everything I know about food, my mother.