Monday, August 8, 2011

1099 Embarcadero

A more perfect location I dare you to find.
It sits on the wharf, gorgeous views out the windows.
The evening was that perfect tepid summery temperature
that you get by the Pacific.

The restaurant has an inviting personality.
Warm wood tones fill the space,
wines from all over the world fill the shelves.
A long wood bar faces the windows, tall tables scatter throughout.
A few sofas nestled in the back, provide an ideal spot to relax with friends.
There is plenty of elbow room, lending to the uncluttered and relaxed feel.

Their menu choices are outstanding!
We started with oysters on the half shell and a flight of wine.
I have to say, I'm in love with oysters and horseradish.
There is something about the silky texture of the oyster,
the fresh briny ocean taste and then the little punch from the horseradish.
It is an exquisite combination.


Then we moved on to the crostinis...there are almost no words for how good these are.
First we had the Crostini a la Caesar.
Grilled crostini, topped with white spanish anchovy, romaine chiffonade,
shaved parmigiano-reggiano and house made caesar aioli.
All I kept thinking about was how Scott Conant always says cheese and fish don't mix...
Eat your words!!!

We finished with the Ultimate Crostini.
There is a reason they chose that for the name.
Black truffle seasoned fillet mignon, grilled portobello mushroom, St Agur Bleu cheese,
arugula and homemade basil pistou.
This was truly perfection!!

We had the chance to briefly talk to the chef.
An unpretentious lanky guy in his twenties, arms covered in the telltale chef tattoos,
who at first glance might quicker pass for the dish washer than the chef.
But let me tell you, this guy knows what he is doing!
The restaurant is fairly new and the owners are letting him be creative,
come up with interesting things...really, really good things I might add.

Kudos to the chef...
and to the owners for letting him express food originality.
It stax up to a very impressive experience.

Linking up with Sarah today for

Happy  Tuesday!!


Pearl said...

What a fabulous looking place!


Apey Lee's Homespun Designs said...

I love places like that - keeps life interesting.

Almost Precious said...

Looks like a lovely place to dine and relax in. I enjoy quiet and cozy restaurants, they make dinning a pleasure and it appears that the food here was of superb quality which makes the dinning even nicer. :)

Additionsstyle said...

Sounds totally amazing! Those are my favorite types of places to eat.
Everyday Inspired

OnePerfectDay said...

Mmmmm....that looks and sounds so good!

Sarah B. said...

Looks divine!!

Happy Frog and I said...

Happy Tuesday to you. I'm hoping the week will get better over here.

Kelly said...

mmm...sounds like a great dinner!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

That place looks great -- YUM!!!

ana said...

what a great looking & sounding place :D

lisaroyhandbags said...

mmm... this place looks amazing! I could eat some of that crostini right about now :)

rebecca said...

Sounds like a fabulous place!!

My Life Under the Bus said...

Now I'm hungry and nothing as fantastic as that crostini is anywhere near me!

Handmade in Israel said...

Your review of the place is incredible. Sounds like you had an amazing meal.


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