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The Kitchen At Commonwealth

I had the opportunity to try out some of the fine dining establishments of San Francisco while I was there.  My first stop after my flight was a burrito in the Mission district. It put a sudden end to that day’s culinary explorations, however; I was so stuffed I couldn’t think of taking a bite of anything at all.

The next day, I didn’t know where to eat, so I checked out the 26 new places to go at SFGate.com and SF Eater 38 and determined a couple of places to go. That evening, I found myself at Commonwealth at 18th and Mission (whose address is 2224 Mission Street – what’s up with that, San Francisco?).

They were busy and it was late, but they were still serving and had a single spot open at the bar so I took it.  It has a friendly gastropub feel. I had a guy in the kitchen in front of me alternately freezing things in N2O and burning things with a blowtorch.  The very hot/very cold station, I suppose.  My kind of place.  I decided on the tasting menu. So yeah, I’m one of those annoying guys who takes crappy photos of each course with his phone – and here they are:

The Menu

Foie Gras Bon Bons

Foie Gras Bon Bons

Tonka Bean Covered Foie? Yeah, OK!

Tonka Bean Covered Foie? Yeah, OK!

Scallop

Scallop

Quail

Quail

Green Apple Sorbet

Green Apple Sorbet

Peanut Butter Semifreddo

Peanut Butter Semifreddo

I forgot to take a pic of the artichoke dish, because I inhaled it in about two seconds. But that’s not all – I tried some more courses on top of that:

A Little Bite From Commonwealth

A Little Bite From Commonwealth

Cedar Smoked Mussels

Sea Urchin

Matcha Dessert Puff

I can’t remember what the first one was, but the second was a mushroom puree that I asked for a thermos full of, next was cedar smoked mussels, then sea urchin and the last was a matcha tea puff.  I was appropriately stuffed at this point.

On top of that, they donate $10 of each tasting menu to the San Francisco Food Bank. Yes, very, very cool.  Thanks to Chef Jason Fox and the rest of the crew.  It was a great introduction to what’s going on in San Francisco right now.  And let me tell you, it is going on.

Jethro

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