Posted on | September 28, 2009 | 1 Comment
A few hours after sharing two pizzas at Delfina, we had dinner reservations at Ame in the St. Regis Hotel. We weren’t sure we’d be able to eat much, but of course, we still managed! After a somewhat confusing search for parking, we arrived. Here’s what we ate:
For our starter, we shared the tempura poke with seaweed, Hawaiian sea salt and green onions. It was a lot like a sushi roll without the rice. The poke was rolled into nori, then quick fried. The nori was nice and crispy, yet the poke was still raw and cool inside. I thought the flavor was quite good, and even Amy liked it… and she doesn’t like raw fish!
For our entrees, we decided to split two. Our first choice was the sake marinated Alaskan black cod with shrimp dumplings in shiso broth. This is supposedly the only entree that is a constant on the menu, and obviously one of their most popular dishes. The cod was soft and buttery, with a very tasty broth. The shrimp dumplings were really good! I thought they had more the appearance of ravioli than dumplings. Very tasty.
For our second entree, we chose the grilled kurobuta pork loin with pork short ribs, chayote, pozole and cilantro. The pork loin was cooked perfectly, and was juicy and very flavorful. The short ribs were extremely tender and also quite tasty. A very good dish, but we still both preferred the cod.
For dessert, we went with the chocolate ganache crunch with amontillado sherry ice cream and sherried raisins. The ganache was quite rich and chocolatey, but the ‘crunch’ on the bottom was a bit difficult to eat as it was extremely hard!
One of my favorite dishes of the night was the pear soufflé glacé with pear and prune armagnac turnovers. This dessert was simply delicious! The souffle was creamy, cool, and sweet, almost like ice cream, and went perfectly with the fresh pears. The turnovers were good, but the pear souffle was definitely the star of this dish.
The restaurant is quite elegant, yet casual. The service was good. All in all, quite a nice meal, although with so many other fantastic restaurants in San Francisco, I’m not sure I’d rush back to this one. If I happened to be in the area, and someone wanted to go there, I definitely would go back. Or, if I had a craving for that pear souffle… I’d go back just for that!
Phone: 415 284-4040