Feeling the Bay Area Vibe: San Francisco Bistro Along Tuscany, McKinley Hill
It has been quite a year for the comfort food industry. My last few work adventures have had me going in and out of restaurants that tell tales of carbohydrates and gastronomy, putting me in food comas that would make me run to the gym the following day. Still, the “threat” of a carb overload is never enough to stop me from walking through the doors of comfort food establishments assigned to me because there is always another interesting story to be told.
“Our specialties are our pastas and sandwiches,” Pearl says proudly. “Most of our ingredients are locally sourced, which ensures the freshness and the quality of our dishes.”
SF Bistro's second floorTo start, we had the Mushroom Duo Rockefeller (P240) and the Salmon Cakes (P270). The Mushroom Duo Rockefeller is an excellent starter taken with bread. Portobello and button mushrooms are mixed together with spinach and cheese to create a comforting fusion of flavour. The salmon cakes are crisp and fresh, and best consumed while still warm from the pan.
Mushroom Duo Rockefeller
3 Cheese Lasagna
Mushroom Truffle PastaWe were also able to try the Boston Pork Steak (P295), a slab of pork served with mushroom gravy and mixed vegetables. I found this dish to be very flavourful, especially if one chooses to sample the meat closest to the bone. The Shrimp Lombard (P270) ended up as a personal favourite of mine. The shrimp is sautéed in Cajun sauce, giving it a bit of a zing that takes away from the monotony of the cream.
Boston Pork Steak
Chocolate SmoresSF Bistro is also capable of boasting of its drink offerings. The Fresh Orange and Fresh Cucumber juices are healthy and refreshing ways to quench one’s thirst. The real magic, of course, lies in their alcoholic drink offerings. Under the Bridge (P190) is a good mix of sweet and sour with just a hint of a kick. Rosemary Royal (P190), a bold red-coloured drink, is reflective of the alluring taste of its spice. Finally, the Hazelnuttini (P175) brings on all the pleasantries imaginable with its subtle, dessert-like sweetness.
Under the Bridge
HazelnuttiniSan Franciso Bistro, with its woodsy interiors, green leafy wall, and brightly coloured bar stools, is a true testament of the San Francisco culture. First and foremost, it’s a fusion of many elements and variables. But more importantly, the restaurant gives off a fun, casual vibe that goes well with its affordable array of comfort food, making you want to feel at home and stay.