Monday, February 07, 2011


It's been quite a while since I've done any fancy dining. The dry spell was broken last night when we went to Quince in San Francisco. We arrived a little early for our reservation, but it wasn't too crowded and so we were seated immediately.

After perusing the menu some, we stuck with our original plan which was for the Seafood and Shellfish tasting menu with the wine pairing. I've been drinking a bit more wine recently, and so it seemed fitting to splurge a bit on this occasion.

The bread came soon after we ordered. There were two selections, a baguette and also an onion roll. While both were good, we thought the onion roll was extremely flavorful. It was so good, in fact, that I think by the end of the meal I ate four of them (and only one baguette).

The amuse bouche was decent, but nothing super special. There was a little fried lobster snack, a miniature beet salad, and a cold, refreshing pea soup.

Amuse Bouche - Lobster Snack, Beet Salad, Pea Soup

Our first dish was really excellent and was quite possibly my favorite for the night. It was a 'ravioli' composed of sea urchin wrapped in halibut sashimi. On the side, there were mandarin oranges. I can't really describe how awesome this tasted. Given enough of it, I could definitely make a meal out of this dish alone.

Seafood Ravioli - Sea Urchin Wrapped in Halibut Sashimi

The next dish was a seafood pasta with a squid ink sauce. This dish worked for me. First, it had sardines, clams, mussels, and scallops. For those of you that know me well, I really do like sardines. I find myself eating them straight out of the can more often than I'd like to admit. On top of that, I'm a real fan of squid ink sauce. So, this dish really worked for me. I do think that some might not enjoy it so much.

Seafood Pasta with Squid Ink - Mussels, Clams, Sardines, and Scallops

This dish was followed by lobster and split pea dumplings. I don't appreciate lobster as much as most, but I still enjoyed the dish. I thought the pea dumplings were fairly ordinary. Overall, I would say this was one of my least favorite for the night.

Lobster and Split Pea Dumplings

The next dish was turbot with artichokes and carrots. The sauce was light tasting and worked really well. The fish was delicious. I think this was my second favorite dish following the seafood ravioli.

Turbot with Artichokes and Carrots

After a blood orange palate cleansing dish...

Blood Orange Palate Cleanser

We were on to dessert, a lemon tart and meringue.

Lemon Tart and Meringue

And, the night ended with some petit fours. There was a lemon candy, white chocolate, and also a pistachio nougat. The candy was a bit sweet, but the chocolate and nougat were to my liking.

Petit Fours - Lemon Candy, Chocolate, and Pistachio Nougat

I would say that all in all, I had a pleasant dining experience at Quince, and I would recommend the restaurant to others. One thing to know is that, at least when we were there, the other diners were a fair bit older than us. But, I never felt out of place, so I guess that would only be an issue if you made it out to be one.

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