Friday, August 17, 2007


Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Dinner with Soon

Soon, my buddy and carsitter for the summer, kindly took me out for a wonderful dinner in SoMa at Bacar. There are three floors of dining space, with a large bar area on the main floor. We tested a Riesling flight while we waited for our table upstairs. Bacar has an amazing wine list, and their staff was knowledgeable and helpful. Wine is also by the glass, 250ml and 500ml carafes, and bottle, which allows for many options.

For starters, we had a glass of champagne (can't remember what, but it was recommended and yummy, Delacote maybe?) and a tasty artichoke and green pepper salad with a great vinaigratte. Soon and I split out entrees -- steak and a Peking duck breast. Both were simply amazing, seasoning and meat were perfect. We enjoyed a carafe of Merlot and one of Sauvignon Blanc also. Think the final bill was around $170 for two of us -- totally worth every penny, phenomial meal.

448 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 904-4100

The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood

Monday, August 13, 2007
Dinner with my family

We found the Restaurant on Zagat's (wanted seafood above 24-food) and got rave reviews about the food from my brother's co-workers. It is adjacent to a high-end seafood market on an inlet off the LI Sound in a cute little Darien neighborhood. The restaurant is in a house with seating at a bar area, along bay windows and on their patio.

My brother was told that the food was excellent and the crowd your 40-something southern Fairfield County type, and they were on point. The place is 'casual', but think more Greenwich 'cas' with sundresses and salmon khakis. It's cozy and loud, and I thought it was a great place for dinner with the 'rents.

We started with a dozen cherrystone clams and half dozen Blue Points, which were excellent and the waiter won points by bringing extra horse radish and Tabasco without asking. My brother and I split a wedge and a yummy rock lobster tail appetizer. For my main dish, I got sea scallops with a yuzu sauce, which was just excellent. My dad's sole was very light and moist, and my brother's swordfish was very good. My mother's salmon had a sweet BBQ sauce that was unfortunately too much for her though the rest of us liked it. We had a ridiculously rich chocolate cake with ice cream.

Their wine menu is ok, but we took advantage of the $25 cork fee to drink one of the Elyse Chardonneys from Napa (really rich heavy buttery Chardonney). They do have a full bar (the bar area is actually separate with a TV playing Yankees and everything), and we took advantage of that for some great apperitifs.

Total bill was around $360 with tax for the 4 of us.

Valet parking.

89 Rowayton Ave, Rowayton, CT 06853