I was so keen to visit Flour + Water that I made us arrive at the restaurant more than an hour before opening time. B was none too impressed but I didn’t want to miss out on the limited walk-in seating that was available (he later admitted that the meal was worth the wait). And that is how I found myself at the front of the line when the doors opened on Friday night.
Flour + Water is located in the Mission District (as it seems most good restaurants in San Francisco are) and they specialize in hand-made pasta and wood-fired pizza. We opted for the 7 course tasting menu for $60 each. Spoiler alert: everything we ate was absolutely outstanding so no running commentary is required.
1st Course: Citrus cured opah with fennel, avocado and radish.
2nd Course: Porcini and ricotta tortelli with pinenuts and sage.
3rd Course: Parsnip caramelle with salsify, preserved lemon and thyme.
4th Course: Saffron chitarra with clams, asparagus and capers.
5th Course: Radiatore with braised hen, prosciutto, arugula and meyer lemon.
6th Course: Garganelli with lamb sugo, broccolini and olive
7th Course: Citrus bonet with vin santo and brown sugar crumble.
I cannot rave about Flour + Water enough. It was easily the best meal that we had in San Francisco and I’d recommend a visit there over Delfina, even though Delfina was fantastic. I absolutely recommend booking well in advance, unless you want to line up and risk missing out. When we were there they were booked out at least a week in advance. The great thing is that they split half of their room for reservations and half for walk-ins so you could be lucky like we were.
In my last post I talked about the Ferry Building and how wonderful it was. Well, it got even better! We went there on Saturday morning for the larger farmer market and I could not believe how exceptional the food was. Surrounding the outside of the building were local farmer and food purveyor stalls that were over-flowing with fresh produce, or artisanal items such as meats and breads.
We got another Blue Bottle coffee and strolled around, trying to make the hard decision of what we would eat for breakfast. We finally settled on a breakfast burger from 4505 Meats. It was an absolute pleasure to wake up to great coffee, a delicious breakfast burger, and the buzz of happy people enjoying food.
Over-whelmed with so many choices, I ending up spending a small fortune on supplies for our journey to Napa Valley. Cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, bread from Acme Breads, and salami and jerky from Fatted Calf Charcuterie, all found their way into my basket (and later, my stomach).
Wow! How can one area have so many purveyors of fine foods? It hardly seems fair! If I’m being completely honest, the Ferry Building Farmers Market puts Granville Island to shame (except for Oyama and a few other exceptions). If you are in San Francisco on a Saturday, make sure that you make the Ferry Building Marketplace a stop for breakfast and supplies. You won’t regret it.