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Saturday, July 17, 2010

San Francisco - Absinthe (Civic Center)


So I'm a little behind.... Bob and I ate at Absinthe on Thursday night, before going to see "Young Frankenstein, The Musical" which on a side note is awesome. Anyway, I thought because we were going to a show we should do some fine dining, and so we did. I've always heard of Absinthe but I'd never been there before, and I was excited after having looked at the menu online.

We started the meal off right with some spicy fried chickpeas, they were like little tiny Indian samosas. It was a small portion but I loved the way they crunched. We shared a Melon Salad, which consisted of honeydew melon and spinach leaves covered in ricotta and crispy prosciutto. We both would have liked more prosciutto, but we made do with what we were given, the combo was pretty good.

For the main course Bob had the Chermoula-Rubbed Lamb Loin (chickpeas, Indian eggplant, Swiss chard, chili oil). I'm kind of picky when it comes to lamb, and while this was good, it wasn't something that blew me away. I've definitely had better lamb before. It was displayed
quite beautifully, as were all the dishes.

I ordered the Slow-Cooked Pork Confit (Anson Mills cheese grits, house-made bacon, collard greens, pork jus) and the cheese grits alone made my mouth water with delight. The pork was absolutely juicy and tender, falling apart while I ate it. The bacon was a little chewy, but very flavorful. Mmmmmmm.

Sadly we didn't have time for dessert, so I guess I'll have to go back. Over all though the place was pretty darn good, a bit pricey though for just an average night. I would definitely go back for a special occasion. :)

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