urban hike to corona heights. coffee from the blue bottle trailer in the castro. ferry building farmer’s market. burger from 4505 meats. bubbly, seafood and views of the bay bridge at waterbar. whiskey drinks, fries and a jukebox at 15 romolo. and thats just before dinner…
one of the motivations for this trip was my ten year high school reunion, and we had our official reunion dinner at warung kayu in kerobokan bali, just north of seminyak. we were pretty much the only ones in the restaurant that evening and got to be as boisterous as we liked.
the owner is a former business type with a stellar wine collection. the chefs are two very young and talented expats, backed by an equally young and talented team. the entire kitchen team double as servers which makes the experience all the more intimate. that and the owner is around to recommend on and off menu wines and share some kind of homemade booze softened with fruitiness (dangerous stuff.) its a no menu restaurant, the chefs go to the market daily and come up with a four-course menu based on what was fresh and inspired them. diners get a choice between two appetizers and mains.
amuse – chicken nugget with soursop honey mustard and pickled onion
1st – marlin tartar with arugula
2nd – cream of mushroom soup (if this came in a vat i would have been happy!)
3rd – seared duck with coucous, steamed asparagus and orange gastrique
or seared salmon with bell peppers, balsamic reduction, potato rouille and parsnip puree (my preferred of the two entrees)
dessert – guiness chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream, strawberry and vanilla cream
wine highlight – john glaetzer, 2005 john’s blend, cab-sauv
food photo fail. oops.
jl. bumbak no.41
had a pretty phenomenal first weekend back in the bay. started off at the ferry building farmer’s market on saturday. sampled our way through the booths, bought some delicious produce, then stopped for a bite. i had the crispy crunch pork shoulder sandwich from 4505 meats (with pickled carrot on the side!) the gf had a vegan, raw, veggie-pasta plate from alive! and we stopped into the slanted door for a cocktail before heading home.
that evening had dinner at limon rotisserie for a friend’s birthday (seriously incredible, and the perfect place for a group dinner.) then drinks at chambers eat+drink at the phoenix hotel. and finished the day off with a second round of (late-night) dinner at nopa. (i was too busy stuffing my face and didn’t take any food pics. oops)
sunday started slow, spent the afternoon in sausalito kayaking, then had a late-lunch/early-dinner at paradise bay (which is in the process of transitioning into another restaurant). hog island oysters, shrimp cocktail, a few salads, and a surprisingly delicious burger.