817 Sutter Street (Nob Hill)
San Francisco, CA 94109
We continued celebrating our 2nd year anniversary by taking a trip to our beloved second home, San Francisco. Our first meal was at Canteen, which is reminscent of a 60s diner in the South because of its retro decor, bar stools, vintage books, and its polished simplicity. It just has this unpretentious, homey and nostalgic feeling. And there are only 7 bar stools and 4 booths. Small, but quaint.
The vinaigrette went well because it added another flavor dimension to it. I don't usually like beans, but it was well-cooked and smooth in texture. I loved the nutty, romesco sauce which consisted of red peppers, pistachio, parsley and "other stuff" say the waitress. The tongue itself had a rillette texture in a way and enjoyed the light and bright flavors of the lamb. It was a great way to start the meal.
The seared albacore was cooked perfectly and was moist and tender. The dish was carefully prepared, and the buttery lobster sauce and puree tasted good on their own, but when I put it all together, the flavors just did not meld too well. It was sort of a "musky" taste. Plus, it was a bit overpowering for the delicately mild-flavored fish.
We went with one of the waitress' favorite dish on this menu. Pork schnitzel is thinly pounded breaded pork cutlets and was topped with fresh arugula, poached eggs, arugula and paprika sauce. It was good dish with intense flavorings, but I expected more out of it.
The great thing about seasonal menus is that you get to taste the chef's inventive creations using seasonal ingredients and artistic talent. So I will probably return one day. Plus, I also have read that they serve really good brunch, so I'll try that out too.