Two of the pastas from my family’s Cenone/Feast of Seven Fishes—our favorite anchovy and bread crumb pasta is the carb mountain in the front. Photo: © tablehopper.com.
Looking for a nice location for your Christmas Eve dinner? For the first time ever, ~DELFINA~ will be open, offering a very special “traditional and not so traditional” seafood dinner menu (offered à la carte so their regulars can still get their spaghetti fix). They are also taking larger groups that night (they generally don’t take parties over six).
~MASA’S~ is also going to be doing something different that night: a special family-style menu. But don’t worry, executive chef Gregory Short and pastry chef Maggie Leung will have plenty of luxe holiday ingredients on the menu (including black truffles, Maine Jonah crab, prime beef, and brandied cherries). $105 per person. Served 4:30pm-9pm.
And now ~A16~ is also offering a Feast of Seven Fishes, a four-course tasting menu, starting with shellfish gratinata, whole-roasted marinated prawns, cuttlefish with capers and herbs; an optional course of a crab sformato with rapini and Calabrian chiles; baccalà ravioli with green olives, cherry tomatoes, and fennel or calamari pizzetta; whole salt-baked dorade with braised kale and potato gratinata or octopus braised in red wine and tomato with riso nero and escarole; and for dessert, pumpkin, pine nut, and ricotta arrotolato with bitter chocolate. Service will run continuously from noon, and the four-course menu will be available from 4pm-9pm. $75 per person, $90 per person with the extra course, and an optional wine pairing at $55 or $65 respectively per person.
For those in the South Bay, ~MANRESA~ would make a lovely destination—David Kinch will offer a special five-course Christmas Eve menu for $165 per person, exclusive of wine, tax, and gratuity. Reservations are available from 5pm, with the last reservations at 8:30pm.
Lastly, for those who don’t want a special menu and just want to go out to eat somewhere new, ~TWENTY FIVE LUSK~ in SoMa will be open and serving its regular menu.
Friday Dec 24, 2010