Delarosa

I finally got to meet the other Oomea critics!

We had a photo shoot at the Palace of Fine Arts and then a tasting menu at Delarosa in the Marina.  Delarosa is one of the first sponsors for Oomea.com

Take a look at what Delarosa had to offer us:

Cocktails:
El Diablo- blanco tequila, line, ginger, agave, cassis (on regular menu)
Pisco Punch- pisco, lemon, pineapple gum, nutmeg (on brunch menu)

First Bites: Burrata Bruschetta, Peas Bruschetta, Beet Carpaccio, Kale caesar
Second Course: Meatballs in Spicy Marinara + Pappardelle Pasta with a pork sugo
Third Course: Pizza and Fried Brussel Sprouts (caper aioli)
Dessert: 
Panna Gelato – creamy ice cream with extra virgin olive oil & sea salt (made famous by our sister restaurant beretta)

Molten Chocolate Cake- warm chocolate cake, vanilla gelato, whiskey pecan caramel sauce                                                                                                                   Bomboloni (Italian doughnuts)

We were very lucky to try all of this delicious food!

Peas Bruschetta

Peas Bruschetta

Burrata Bruschetta

Burrata Bruschetta

Beet Carpaccio

Beet Carpaccio

Kale Caesar Salad

Kale Caesar Salad

Meatballs in Spicy Marinara

Meatballs in Spicy Marinara

Pappardelle Pasta with Pork Sugo

Pappardelle Pasta with Pork Sugo

Mushroom Pizza

Mushroom Pizza

Sausage Pizza

Sausage Pizza

Margherita Pizza

Margherita Pizza

Arugula and Prosciutto Pizza

Arugula and Prosciutto Pizza

Bamboloni with Three Dipping Sauces

Bamboloni with Three Dipping Sauces

Molten Chocolate Cake

Molten Chocolate Cake

Panna Gelato

Panna Gelato

On our very first Oomea Lunch Day we were also treated with a present from a*pour toi.  They are a brand new company that specializes in personalized, high-end & healthier gourmet gift boxes with a French touch.

I can’t thank the Delarosa staff enough for hosting us and of course the Oomea Family!

A special thanks to Delarosa and a*pour toi for being some of the first sponsors of Oomea.com!

Special shout out to Quan Pham for doing our photo shoot!

Pomelo

If you ever see the big pear looking fruit as an awning in San Francisco, you are looking at Pomelo.  Known for their travel-around-the-world menu, Pomelo has a nice neighborhood-y feel.  Unfortunately, I did not have the best dining experience there last night.

To start, we ordered three appetizers and our waiter got two of those orders wrong.  We asked for the Heide appetizer with no bacon.  It came with bacon.  We also ordered the Masantol appetizer without the chiles.  This time we received a completely different item.  They gave us the Ulsan appetizer instead.  We are pretty easy going people so it did not bother us too much but I have to mention these mistakes, unfortunately.  The last problem we had last night was that entree, the Havana, took over 30 minutes to prepare.  I saw a table that had arrived after us being served all three of their entree’s before ours.  I ended up asking for my entree in a to go box because we had a movie to catch.

Now on to the good parts!  The food itself is very good at Pomelo.  So don’t necessarily let their poor service discourage your from trying it yourself.  The Heide appetizer was braised brussels sprouts with apple, onions and bacon.  Overall it was decent.  The brussels sprouts were cooked pretty well and the hot slices of apple were a nice sweet touch in a dish with rather savory ingredients.

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The Havana is a Cuban fried rice dish with black beans, plantains, chipotles, ginger, cilantro and skirt steak.  I have to start by saying that the steak was excellent.  Cooked to perfection and very tender and juicy.  The rest of the dish was not my favorite, however.  Overall the ginger was too strong in my opinion.  Some people might like a strong ginger taste.  I was hoping for a more balanced dish.  The ginger over powered the sweetness of the plantains, I could not taste the cilantro or even the chipotle flavor.  The only saving grace was the fantastic skirt steak.

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It’s too bad I had such a poor experience at Pomelo last night.  I have been there before for dinners and brunch and the service was not nearly as bad.  Maybe it was just an off night.

Queen’s Louisiana Po-Boy Cafe

Queen’s is awesome.  They have a 4 star rating on their yelp page but it does’t seem like they are well known.  They offer classic NOLA food like chicken platters, gumbo, fish platters, jambalaya and of course, po’ boys.  Maybe because Queen’s is located in Visitation Valley they are not as popular as they should be.  Don’t think that Visitation Valley is a far away land, though.  Simply get on 101 South, exit at Paul Ave, take a right turn and you are 600 feet away from cajun contentment.

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I ordered the Half and Half Po’ Boy lunch special to maximize my ability to try their different po’ boy options.  My po’ boy was half fried shrimp and half hot link.  Personally, I enjoyed the fried shrimp more than the hot link.  The shrimps were full and plump and not too crusted, which I prefer.  They also had a remoulade spread that was pretty good.  Very traditional fried shrimp po’ boy made the way you find it on a corner in NOLA.  Nothing fancy like artisan bread or crazy ingredients.  Simply bread, spread, tomatoes, pickles, lettuce and main ingredient.  Add the hot sauce and you are good to go.  The hot link was pretty plump itself and did have a nice flavor. However, to me it did not mix with the mayonnaise they spread on the bread.  I’m not sure if it took away from the spice or what it did but to me they did not mix well together.  Next time I plan to try their fried catfish!

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If you are craving some cajun food in your life Queen’s is definitely a place to go try.  They also have beers from New Orleans to wash it all down!

Firefly

I have eaten at Firefly many times and I couldn’t believe that I had never written about it yet!  Well, Firefly deserves to be in the spotlight, and while my blog certainly isn’t the spotlight, maybe they can be appreciative of at least one person who publicly loves them.

Firefly is delicious, American cuisine with a great atmosphere and fantastic service.

One item that has been on the menu ever since I first ate at Firefly is the Shrimp and Sea Scallop Potstickers.  They should be on the menu forever because they are delectable.  The shrimp look like small bay shrimp and the scallops are chopped and mixed with what looked like scallions.  The potsticker is perfectly seared and paired with a perfect sesame soy dipping sauce that is not too sweet nor vinegary.

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For my main course, I ordered The Fried Chicken of Your Dreams with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Lollipop Kale, and a Damn Fine Buttermilk Biscuit.  That’s their name for it.  And it certainly lives up to most of those expectations.  The four pieces of chicken are relatively small but I assume that is because they use free-range chicken that isn’t pumped with hormones.  This might be the size of an actual chicken.  The small drumstick that I had was a little dry and overall the batter could have used slightly more seasoning but the thigh, wing, and breast were moist, plump, and perfect.  The kale was very nice.  It was crunchy and well cooked.  The mashed potatoes & gravy are exactly how I like them – soft, creamy and the slightly savory.  The biscuit was spot on with their description.  It was damn good.  Not the best I have ever had but Damn Good.  This dish is certainly up there with some of the best Fried Chicken dishes that I have tried in San Francisco.  It was not quite the best but it is in my top five.  It was fantastic.

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Firefly is damn good.  Chef Gabriel Sanders has prepared a great menu that needs to be recognized as one of the best in the city.

Twenty Five Lusk

At the end of a small alley near AT&T Park is Twenty Five Lusk.  A modern,chic, lounge/restaurant.  Twenty Five Lusk offers a good time, great drinks, and delicious food.  I was with a big party so I was able to taste lots of dishes.

As a table, we ordered a few appetizer plates to share.  One appetizer was a parsley root and celery root ravioli that was laying in a pond of aged sherry broth and topped with wild arugula, shaved parmesan and shaved truffle from Perigord, a region in France.  This dish was great.  The ravioli was al dente and the sauce was fantastic.  I could have eaten the broth as a soup.

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Another appetizer was the grilled octopus with lobster, pickled sweet potato, shishito soubise, and a ginger emulsion.  This was decent.  The octopus didn’t seem grilled but it wasn’t chewy, which I liked.  The pickled sweet potatoes were very nice and were paired well with the cold lobster and octopus.

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We were also each given a bite size portion of a mushroom cheesecake.  This was very nice.  The texture was that of a normal cheesecake but it had a slight taste of mushrooms.

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The main courses were the main attraction to this meal.  I ordered the lamb chops.  Martin Emigh’s Lamb to be exact.  They were served over hedgehog mushrooms, fingerling potatoes, and bacon and sitting next to a pear and fennel coulis.  This was FANTASTIC.  The lamb was cooked medium rare and could not have been cooked more perfectly – the tender, cut like butter kind of perfect.   The jus from the lamb, however, was pretty rich.  Delicious, but after eating the whole meal I was slightly overwhelmed.  The bacon could have been a nice counterpoint to the sweetness of the lamb jus but it was soaking in it and therefore was not a salty pair.  Delicious nonetheless.

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For dessert, we ordered completely different dishes.  One was more different than anything I had ever seen.

First was a great salted caramel swirl brownie with mint chocolate chip ice cream and an anise meringue.  The brownie was fantastic.  The top was crusty but the inside was soft and gooey.  The salt sprinkled on top gave it that nice paring of salty and sweet that I love.  Mint chip ice cream is my favorite flavor of all time. Unfortunately, this mint chip did not live up to my standards for mint chip ice cream.  Not minty enough, not chocolatey-chippy enough, and not creamy enough.

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No matter, though.  Our second dessert would take care of all expectations I had for any dessert.  It was called Textures and Chaos and that’s exactly what it was, but in the best way possible.

This is how it reads on the menu: sugar glass, exploding cocoa, passionfruit, and raspberry sorbet.  The sugar glass was hard and crunchy, the exploding cocoa was basically chocolate pop rocks that crackled and popped in your mouth for 15 seconds, the sorbet and passionfruit were smooth and to add to all that was a cloudy soft white cake torn into small pieces.  Different textures were in every single bite and it looked like chaos on a plate.  The finished product, however, was a masterpiece.

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I definitely recommend Twenty Five Lusk.  It is definitely pricey (one entree is listed at $136) so enjoy it for a special occasion.