Posted on | September 16, 2009 | 2 Comments
Another restaurant I wanted to try while in San Francisco was Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc. Fortunately, Ad Hoc is in Yountville, which is closer to where we were staying.
Our menu that day (there’s only one prixe fix menu available, served family style) was a salmon blini appetizer, roasted pork with wild rice, cheese plate, and a chocolate ganache dome for dessert. We were all excited, as everything sounded great!
To start, we had a wonderful bread basket, and a bottle of Pinot Noir. Things were looking up!
Then, this gorgeous appetizer was presented to us. The salad contained roasted tomatoes that were incredible! The sweet corn blini was topped with smoked salmon, which was topped with an over easy egg. The flavors and textures in this appetizer were fantastic. I understand why Thomas Keller is such a renown chef. A lot of thought went into this dish; the flavors, the textures, the presentation. And it was delicious!
Next came the roasted pork tenderloins, which contained a mushroom and celery stuffing. Under the pork were two types of roasted beets, as well as caramelized peaches. Accompanying this was wild rice, which was flavorful, cooked perfectly, and contained some type of gravy along with chunks of pork.
Next was the cheese plate. I believe ours contained a goat cheese, sheeps milk cheese, and another hard cheese which was pretty pungent. Served alongside the cheeses was a bit of honeycomb, and spiced nuts.
Finally, dessert! A delicious, chocolatey ganache dome, with brandied plums. Chocolate. The perfect way to end the meal!
All in all, a delicious meal and lovely restaurant. I love the simplicity of Ad Hoc. The restaurant is quite small, seating around 70 people. The atmosphere is quite casual, but contemporary and clean. The service is extremely friendly; the restaurant really meets it’s goal of making you feel like you’re eating at someone’s house! Of course that house would be that of a world famous chef!
Phone: 707 944-2487