San Francisco Culinary Experience: Gary Danko

San Francisco Culinary Experience: Gary Danko

I am currently in San Francisco (without Balbino) on a family trip with my mom and brother.  The culinary highlight so far has been dinner at legendary award-winning restaurant Gary Danko.  The whole meal was like nothing I have ever experienced–starting with a coat check and ending with miniature desserts to go!

Gary Danko says that they all work hard for the “performance to be seamless and magical,” which it definitely was!  The menu is set-up for you to create your own 3-, 4-, or 5-course menu.  Since I am a bit of a lightweight, I chose a 3-course meal.
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The meal started with an amuse bouche of winter root vegetable soup with chive oil.  It was just enough to whet my palette.
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For my first course, I chose the savory tart with wild mushroom ragout, chipollini onions, and herb ricotta mousse.  The crust was very flaky and the arugula salad on the side made it a “healthy” choice.
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Next, my entree was a risotto with lobster, rock shrimp, shimeji mushrooms, and butternut squash.  The dish was very smooth and cheesy, and there was a nice amount of lobster.
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As a supplementary course, my brother had added an artisanal cheese platter.  The cheese cart rolled out with over a dozen different cheeses, and they each sounded delicious!
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For dessert I chose the warm Louisiana butter cake with apples, huckleberry sauce, and vanilla bean ice cream.  I am always a sucker for sweets and this had just the right balance of sweet and sour, chewy and smooth!
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Our night was topped off with an an adorable assortment of miniature petits fours!  By that time we were all so full, we took them to go.
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It isn’t very often we get to spend time together, and this was a wonderful experience for us to share!
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