10 Oct Restaurant Gary Danko
Originally posted on July 27, 2010 | Examiner.com
This is one of those restaurants that most” foodies” are anxiously wanting to go to, if they haven’t been already. How does one describe this spot, other than, beautiful, warm & very romantic? All of this is true, and the staff is very professional and attentive. So, how does one rate the food, given the ratings for this restaurant are usually outstanding? If you are a true “foodie” you may be a tad bit disappointed with Gary Danko.
Impressive, but very expensive wine list, with very few bottles under the two hundred dollar mark, so keep that in the mind & the bank account. Appetizers are beautifully plated, but with no real substance, for instance the Lobster Salad with Avocado, Roasted Tomatoes, Shaved Fennel with Meyer Lemon Tarragon Vinaigrette was nice, but not outstanding. Another item is the Seared Ah Tuna with Avocado, Nora, Enoki Mushrooms and Lemon Soy Dressing, again very nice.
Entrées are a bit more interesting with much more to offer, such as the Braised Lamb Shoulder and Herb Crusted Loin with Barley Stew, Red Pepper Relish and Cumin Yogurt, yum,, yum!!! Lemon Pepper Duck Breast with Duck Hash, Carrot-Ginger Puree and Brandied cherries is delicious as well. Items vary from seafood to all types of meat, so everyone will be pleased in this department, including vegetarians, as there are some pasta dishes available with fish and seafood, and you can always ask them to leave something off, to make it more suitable to your individual palate.
Gary Danko is based on a three, four or five course menu, and they will ask for your complete order from the beginning. Desserts vary from a Soufflé’ cake to a not so memorable Apricot Soup with Coconut Tapioca, Berries and Champagne Elderflower Granite’, non dairy.Tarts, & Warm Louisiana Butter Cake among many other selections. Also, prepared tableside, Flambéed Cherries with Maraschino Filled Crepes & Crime Fraiche Ice Cream. One will leave feeling a definite sense of Epicurean Delight. Lastley offered is a selection of cheeses from around the world which vary between sixteen and twenty different types,decadent is an understatement.
Upon leaving, guests are given a take home Gary Danko breakfast cake that is a beautifully wrapped souvenir. All and all it is a fabulous spot with excellent five star service, the food is very good, some areas better than others. Bring your wallet and be prepared to enjoy this lavish experience first hand, you’ll definitely obtain San Francisco bragging rights. 800 North Point at Hyde Street , Teal # (415) 749-2060 , Dinner Served Nightly From 5:30 to 10:00 p.m, Bookings for private parties available (10 people max).www.garydanko.com