Ken and I had a truly amazing dinner at Campton Place, the hotel / restaurant near Union Square in SF. The new chef, Daniel Humm, is very impressive. We don't have Michelin here in the US, but it compares well to the 4 or 5 fork / 1 star places I've been in Europe. It's definitely among the best meals I could have in San Francisco. If you're looking for an excellent dinner or maybe a romantic overnight you will do very well at Campton Place.
We had the 10 course tasting meal along with the wine pairing. Every dish was quite rich with bold flavours and fantastic texture. The menu was also inventive, a variety of unique combinations. And what a variety! 10 courses is an underestimate. My menu has 13 items on it, and that's not counting a couple of pre-menu goodies. And on top of that the tasting menu was split, with Ken and I getting different items a few times. 20 separate items for a table is quite a feat for a chef to pull off.
And for all that dinner was quite reasonably priced, $85 for the menu and another $60 for the excellent wine pairing. Not bad for one of the best meals you'll find in San Francisco. This chef is working hard: go and enjoy it!
Here's our menu.
Sea urchin cappuccino
Heirloom tomato gazpacho with olive oil
Vichyssoise with Iranian osetra caviar
Goat cheese sorbet with baby beets and caramelized almonds
Carpaccio of wild bluefin tuna with crispy baguette and artisan foie
Duck consommeé with foie gras snow
Maine lobster with sweetbread canneloni and Maltaise reduction
Seared rouget barbet with jabugo "Redondo Iglesias," fava beans, and
Zucchini wrapped Sonoma squab with Provençale flavours
Selection of Andante dairy artisanal cheeses
Symphony of chocolate and caramel with Maldon sea salt
Passion fruit beignets with chocolate and coconut