The holiday spread at my Aunt Mary’s.
Have a lot of family in town, and your shoebox-sized apartment can’t hold them all? You’d be surprised how many places are open on Christmas Eve. Below are a few local places doing special menus (but if you’re looking for a “regular” meal, just search on OpenTable for reservations):
~JARDINIERE~ will be open for dinner Christmas Eve starting at 5pm. Chef Morgan Mueller is working on some special Christmas goose dishes and pastry chef Lisa Lu is perfecting a Buche de Noel.
The French restaurant ~CASSIS~ in the Fillmore area has an affordable option, a $55 prix-fixe menu. Here’s a PDF of the delicious-sounding menu, which includes pumpkin soup and the option of pan-roasted duck breast with roasted persimmons.
You can also do fancy French and go to ~LA FOLIE~, which is serving a four-course prix-fixe menu for $115, with an amuse bouche and petit fours. The prix-fixe entrée choice will include slow-baked sturgeon with duck confit, oxtail and potato terrine, and lobster bordelaise; or roasted wild Scottish pheasant with sweetbreads and apple cannelloni.
More on the fancy tip: ~MASA’S~ is serving their first Christmas Eve dinner. The five-course menu includes chilled Dungeness crab salad and pan-roasted Cavendish Ranch quail with roasted chestnuts, dried cranberries, candied kumquats, and orange gastrique. $105 per person (add $59 for wine pairings).
~SPRUCE~ is serving five Christmas-inspired dishes for $95, exclusive of beverages, tax, and gratuity (wine pairings are an additional cost of $40). You’ll enjoy egg nog, plus dishes like Dungeness crab chowder, and your choice of petrale sole or Christmas goose or prime rib roast with Yorkshire pudding. Plus Buche de Noel for dessert!
Just across the Golden Gate Bridge, ~POGGIO~ will be serving traditional Italian Christmas favorites, as well as their regular menu.
Thursday Dec 24, 2009