Another recommendation from my parents in San Francisco was Farallon, located directly behind our hotel. Farallon is known for not only its seafood fare but for its beautiful interior. Farallon once was a gym with a swimming pool and they kept the amazing mosaic and painted ceiling when it was turned into a restaurant.
We started our evening at the bar with some great local beers, Anchor Steam. After that, we were taken to our intimate booth for two in the main dining room, with a view of the open kitchen. They had several specials on the menu to celebrate the incoming Spring weather. That included the in-season Dungeness crab and bottles of Rose wine. I opted for both!
We chose a delicious bottle of local County Line Rose from Anderson Valley, CA. It was crisp and refreshing; everything you expect and want from a Rose.
After wine arrived, so did our first course. Joel ordered more of his favorites — oysters along with a beautifully fresh Yellowtail Sashimi. The fish was delicate and the oysters (by Joel’s accounts) were sweet and tasted of the ocean. I went for the Butter Lettuce Salad served with Dungeness Crab, Cara Cara orange slices and smoked hearts of palm. The smokiness combined with the sweetness of the crab made for one of the best and more refreshing salads I’ve ever tried.
Half a bottle of wine down, our entrees arrived with great smells of the ocean. Joel had ordered the Handline Caught Ahi Tuna. It was so moist and savory. Paired with crisp artichokes it was worth traveling for. I love a local fish and Farallon was ready for it with the Seared Local Petrale Sole. The sole was so flaky and the skin so crispy. The scent of bacon combined with blanched parsnips was so fulfilling.
Along with the perfect dinner, wine and service was an incredibly smooth Crème Fraiche Panna Cotta rhubarb and lychee granita. It was the perfect palate cleanser. So refreshing, so delicate — what a dessert!
And what a meal for that matter. Once again, a recommendation I plan on passing on.