Wednesday, December 18, 2013

coi - san francisco, ca
373 broadway
san francisco, ca 94133

looking back at my evening at coi, i would be hard pressed to find fault with any aspect of the meal. the restaurant was at full capacity upon our arrival, and even though the dining room is quite small and the tables are rather close, the atmosphere was very relaxing. service was also laid back, with our captain and the back servers being very knowledgeable yet very approachable and easy to talk to. i liked the restaurant's approach to wine pairings, with the shortened 5 glass option being perfect for my tolerance level. as for the food, the highlights were the custard like egg yolk paired with caviar and crème fraiche, the crab and beef tendon soup (the popping of the finger limes took this to the next level), the unexpectedly rich black trumpet dumplings, and the poached lamb (which may have been my favorite lamb dish of all time). coi is well deserving of its two michelin stars, and i truly hope to revisit the restaurant in a few years to see how it has progressed. oh, by the way, the coi "cookbook" is one the best restaurant books i have ever seen.
california bowl

sno-cone - blood orange ice, pink peppercorn, black lime

california sturgeon caviar - poached egg yolk, crème fraiche, chive
mv gonet-medeville 'brut tradition' 1er cru, champagne, france

geoduck - radish, yuzu, rau ram
2012 scribe, 'ode to emil no. 11' sylvaner, sonoma, california

whole wheat pain au lait

beet and goat cheese tart (broken, inverted) - rye, dill

dungeness crab and beef tendon soup - asian pear, finger lime, cilantro
2011 finca vinoa, ribeiro, spain

black trumpet-sunchoke dumpling - braised lettuce, brown butter, mushroom dashi
2010 maison l'oree, chassagne-montrachet 'chenevottes, '1er cru, burgundy, france

new olive oil - brassicas, dandelion-potato puree, charred onion broth

emigh ranch lamb - chard leaves and stems, garum, rosemary
2006 finca villacreces, ribera def duero, spain

pink grapefruit - ginger, black pepper, tarragon, cognac

mango - yogurt, matcha
2011 brooks, 'tethys' Riesling, eola-amity hills, Oregon

chocolate - chicory, malt
european porter

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