The distinctive custom leather banquettes at Belcampo. Photo via Belcampo’s Facebook page.
Last week we got to check out the new ~BELCAMPO MEAT COMPANY~ in Russian Hill at an opening party. The corner space is a looker: walk under the large bronze steer head at the entrance and you’ll note the extremely tall ceilings (and tall wood wainscoting and windows to match), a gleaming meat counter, tiled floors, and cobalt blue leather banquettes made from their own steer hides (the leather was tanned at Horween Leather in Chicago, one of the last American tanneries). We wrote about the old-fashioned butcher counter last week, so now let’s focus on the 34-seat restaurant, which is serving dinner 5:30pm-10pm nightly.
Chef Chris Gerwig (formerly of A16 and New York’s Pulino’s) has put together a menu that includes steak tartare, duck and chicken giblet skewers, a burger, flatiron steak, fried guinea hen, braised lamb belly and neck, and don’t worry, there are some vegetable dishes too. Belcampo CEO Anya Fernald says, “We’re especially excited about the restaurant menu we’ve created for San Francisco, featuring adventurous cuts of meat and fun, family-style dishes.”
One thing to note: it’s BYOB right now; their beer and wine license will be coming in about another week or so. Brunch and lunch will also kick in soon. 1998 Polk St. at Pacific, 415-660 5573.