Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Global Grazing. Friday night I met Sachiko at Pres a Vi in the Presido. She was quite excited to introduce me to this new place having happened upon it as a cool find of her own and wanting to share with another appreciative foodie. I went anticipating a convivial evening of catching up with someone I hadn't seen in awhile, so didn't bring my camera. Photo above is courtesy of the Pres a Vi website. So I will just have to describe our meal as quite over the top. The menu is truly global as you can see from our small plate choices:

ahi tartare -
hawaiian tuna blended with kukui nuts, meyer lemon zest, sesame oil, and soy topped with wasabi tobiko and accompanied with taro chips

fresh lumpia -
another version of a filipino classic. cilantro scented crepes filled with rock shrimp, seasoned vegetables and served with spicy peanut dressing

seafood paella -
saffron infused rice with scallops, shrimp, and edamame

popcorn shrimp -
tempura battered rock shrimp tossed in nuoc cham, bean sprouts, romaine and crispy noodles

‘duck buns’ -
shredded peking duck confit with hoisin, watercress and cilantro

dessert tasting -

cookies, candies, chocolates for two

white chocolate blueberry
coconut macaroons
ginger fudge
fruit and nut rocher

By all means GO if you have the chance. The room is also designed well for acoustics, so although busy it is not overly noisy and you can enjoy a good conversation with your dining companions. The parking is easy too, just under the building at One Letterman Dr. (SF).

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