Sunday, January 30, 2011

Gary Danko ... Still the Best

It had been maybe a decade since my last visit to Gary Danko, and that visit had been heavenly. Probably one of my top 3 food experiences ever. Well, since that time, the fine-dining restaurant near Ghirardelli Square has continued to pull in culinary awards right and left.

And for good reason. Gary Danko still rocks. It's just as amazing as I remembered it to be. We recently dropped in for MN's bday and bon voyage and were absolutely delighted with everything that hit our table. And the service was beyond incredible. The only tiny minus? Decor that's a bit dated—stuck in the '90s, a bit like a "cruiseship," said MN, with its mirrored walls, gilt and over-the-top flower-filled vases.

Oh well, we soon forgot our surroundings as the courses started streaming out of the kitchen.

Amuse bouche of butternut squash soup

Risotto with lobster, rock shrimp, Shimeji mushrooms and butternut squash

Seared Sonoma foie gras with caramelized red onions and apples

Juniper crusted venison with braised red cabbage, cipollini onions, chestnut spaetzle, tangerines and cranberries

Roast Maine lobster with potato purée, chanterelle mushrooms, edamame and tarragon

Yay, cheese course

mmmm .... cheese

We love cheese

Flambéed bananas with mascarpone filled crèpes, graham cracker-pecan streusel and vanilla ice cream

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