|Saturday, August 7, 2010
A Pisco Sour ($11.00):
... bore the logo of Sauce Restaurant:
... in an egg white cloud hovering over this lime and lemon libation while an Elderflower Kiss ($11.00):
... had a refreshingly astringent edge to its sparkling sips.
We noshed our way through a bunch of "social plates" which are tapas-esque dishes meant for sharing.
The portobello fries ($10.00):
... took a dip in a ranch sauce to cap off these crusty 'shrooms that qualify as one of their signature starters.
Slices of steak ($12.00):
... were saddled in gem lettuce leaves to add a fresh crunch to these Asiago and cremini umamied morsels.
Napoleon worthy tots ($12.00):
... were infused with truffle oil and mushrooms. These deep fried fingers of soft spuddy, nouveau nostalgia came with a bacon cheese fondue for gilding purposes.
Mac & Cheese ($10.00):
... had hunks of ham hock trotting beneath the crispy crust of gruyere and Cheddar in this shell and béchamel bounty.
Cornmeal crusted pork belly ($12.00) was tucked into lettuce leaves with house made pickles and tomato to temper the hoggable hunks with a fresh crunch in this superior swiney dish.
Heirloom tomatoes and roasted corn ($10.00):
... showed off the season with a light touch of scallion oil mixed with corn juice.
Fried chicken ($19.00):
... was seriously succulent. This boneless bird was subjected to steam before a flight through the fryer and soft landing on a runway of whipped potatoes. Crisp tender haricots verts bean-ifitted this mushroom and gravy augmented breast and wing along with a 2008 Robert Sinskey Vin Gris.
The dessert sampler ($21.00) started with a patch of strawberries with brown sugar:
... on a cushion of sour cream lightened with whipped cream.
There were bon bons of vanilla ice cream sandwiched between layers of (egg and leavening-free) cookie dough as well as pb&j's made with cake, house made strawberry jam and peanut butter with a layer of ice cream, and a dish of donut holes to dip in a vanilla bourbon sauce.
Chef Ben Paula:
... continues to cook up craveable chow at this comfort food corner pocket with friendly service and a homey vibe.
We needed a nap after this feast and found that they had started a business to cater to this common conclusion to their meals. They opened a guest house:
... over their eatery called Sleep over Sauce where they have modestly priced, cozy accommodations.
131 Gough St.
San Francisco, CA