I’m so thrilled to announce the latest tablehopper spirited supper—it has been tooooo long! On Tuesday September 24th, we’ll be dining at BESHARAM in Dogpatch, with our cohost, Mount Gay Rum! Have you had a chance to visit chef-owner Heena Patel’s soulful and stylish restaurant? It’s a little off the beaten path, which is why I thought it would be a good idea to host an event there because I don’t want you to miss this special place! Maybe you saw my recent pics on Instagram? The saag paneer is pretty unforgettable.
Heena is a La Cocina graduate, and this is her first brick-and-mortar restaurant! She recently became the sole owner of Besharam, and relaunched the menu to really reflect her Gujarati roots and favorite dishes. You won’t find these flavorful and vibrant dishes anywhere else in the city, and Heena brings a California freshness to the menu as well (just wait until you taste the bright dressing on her arugula salad).
The cocktail list also got an overhaul, and features many culinary touches, from beet to turmeric to curry leaves to chaat masala! Get excited to try the Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, which features pani puri water (along with Mount Gay Rum, cilantro, and lime)! Speaking of pani puri (which are in the first pic in my Insta post), Heena is going to have a station set up during our reception for her drunken pani puri (they’ll have The Botanist gin in them), served street food style! We’re also going to start the evening with a new punch, featuring Mount Gay Rum: GLIF (Good Looking Indian Friends, inspired by a customer!).
We will take our seats by 7pm, and commence our family-style feast. True to Gujarati style, our meal will be almost completely vegetarian, with one spectacular fish dish. And trust me, you won’t miss the meat, and you absolutely will be stuffed at the end! Heena is a feeder.
The menu: Kanji Wada—tapioca fritters, tamarind chutney Dahi Wada—urad dal (black lentil) dumplings, spiced chilled yogurt, cilantro, tamarind Corn Puda—seared corn, chickpea flour pancake Arugula Salad—chicories, roasted corn, pistachio, fried garbanzo beans, tamarind-ginger vinaigrette Saag Paneer—spinach, mustard greens, fenugreek, fresh paneer Andhra Fish Stew—coconut, local seafood, basil, ginger Paratha, dill butter rice, dips, chutneys
You’ll enjoy some special cocktail pairings and Mount Gay Rum pours with the meal, which includes the GLIF welcome punch, the Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, the chai-spiced The Last Viceroy, and a gulab jamun-inspired Old Fashioned to go with the shrikand cheesecake for dessert, made with saffron and cardamom-infused strained yogurt and Parle-G biscuit crust. WOW! Rémy Cointreau’s Trent Simpson will be teaching us about Mount Gay Rum, which is the world’s oldest commercial rum distillery (since 1703!)! We’ll taste different expressions and learn all about how they do things at this storied Barbados-based distillery.
Reception, 6:30pm; dinner 7pm. There are just 21 seats! Tickets are $85, all-inclusive (dinner, cocktails, tax, tip), plus a small service fee from Square (total is $88.15). Thanks to Besharam and Mount Gay Rum for hosting us so generously, this dinner is worth so much more.
Since we’ll be consuming alcohol, please use a rideshare service so you get home safely. Besharam is also conveniently located within four blocks of the T Third St. Muni Metro, #48 bus stop, and the 22nd St. CalTrain Station. We are looking forward to seeing you! 1275 Minnesota St. at 24th St.
Just wait until you taste the dahi wada (urad dal/black lentil dumplings, spiced chilled yogurt, cilantro, tamarind). Photo: Alicia Fischer.
Tuesday Sep 24, 2019 6:30pm $85 + Square fee ($88.15) Tickets Besharam 1275 Minnesota St. San Francisco