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Eatin' at The Ritz

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco has one restaurant, it's called Parallel 37 (after the geographic location). I had the pleasure of dining there in November.

We were not given a menu simply asked if we had food allergies, we did not, so the chef picked our menu with wine pairings.

I am a foodie but not a wine connoisseur so I was happy with the chef's choice of a 8-course dinner with win pairings.

For the Amuse:
- Big Eye Tuna, Dill, Pickled Radish, Potato Salad
- Ocean Trout Tartar, Crispy Skin
- Dungeness Crab Stuffed Buddah's Hand, Basil, Togarashi

The Amuse was paired with Jean Vessels, "Rose Saignee' Brut Rose.

Amuse Trio (credit: Elizabeth Ann Thompson /CBS Local)

For The Entrees:
- Squid Ink Linguini, Black Cod, Roasted Spaghetti Squash, Cold Pressed Mustard Oil paired with Trimbach, Pinot Gris, Alsace 2007

Squid Ink Linguini (credit: Elizabeth Ann Thompson /CBS Local)

- Big Eye Tuna, Smoked Tomato, Grilled Romaine, Burrata, Chorizo Vinaigrette paired with Copain Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2012

- Liberty Farms Duck, Huckleberry, Duck Gizzard Gnocchi, Red Wine Braised Cabbage, Black Garlic paired with Barbera d'Alba, Borgogno 2011

Duck (credit: Elizabeth Ann Thompson /CBS Local)

- Bison Tenderloin, Boudin Noir, Brussel Sprouts paired with Paradigm 'Estate', Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Bison Tenderloin (credit: Elizabeth Ann Thompson /CBS Local)

...And Two Desserts:
- Cucumber Sorbet, Elderflower

Cucumber Sorbet (credit: Elizabeth Ann Thompson /CBS Local)

- Pistachio Mousseline, Strawberries, Tarragon.

Pistachio Mousseline (credit: Elizabeth Ann Thompson /CBS Local)


Everything was delicious. If I had a menu I would have been predisposed not to order the desserts because I don't think cucumber or tarragon should be in desserts, but I stand corrected. Loved the surprises, a culinary delight.

Thanks to the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, Parallel 37 and Ellipses Public Relations for the complimentary dinner.

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