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What I Ate: June 5, 2010 (Il Cane Rosso, Coi)

Posted 6 June, 2010 at 10:13pm by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Food, What I Ate)

Today's meals were devoted to Chef Daniel Patterson.

For lunch we ate at Il Cane Rosso (1 Ferry Building # 41, San Francisco, CA‎ - (415) 391-7599‎), a quick serve rotisserie and sandwich restaurant created by Daniel Patterson and Lauren Kiino. Their chef, Douglas Borkowski is doing an excellent job at providing delicious "quick food".

Roasted Beets & Farro kale, feta, olive oil. Delicious if you like beets, but mostly farro (which tastes great with the beet juice, olive oil, and mild feta) with just a few pieces of beets.
Il Cane Rosso - Roasted Beets & Farro

Garlic-Roasted Potatoes. My favorite thing here - the roasted potatoes are good, the roasted whole garlic cloves are excellent, and eaten together, this simple dish is unbelievable.
Il Cane Rosso - Garlic-Roasted Potatoes

Marin Sunfarms Beef Brisket Sandwich lemon aioli, spicy pickled red onions. Incredibly tender and strongly flavored beef brisket with excellently pickled onions on a crusty bread. My favorite of the two sandwiches we had.
Il Cane Rosso - Brisket Sandwich

Warm Egg Salad Sandwich anchovy-garlic butter, provolone. An excellent open-faced egg salad sandwich. It's the best egg salad I've ever had.
Il Cane Rosso - Warm Egg Salad Sandwich

For dinner, Dave and Rachel joined us at Coi (373 Broadway, San Francisco, CA‎ - (415) 393-9000). Our previous experience at Coi (over a year ago) was phenomenal, so we were looking forward to going back. Overall the meal was excellent and delicious, but none of the dishes truly blew us away tonight. After discussing it over the last day, we decided that Coi has to move down a place in our personal list of favorite restaurants allowing Uchi to claim the top spot. In the end, even though all the dishes were well executed, the meal as a whole was not as well constructed as our first visit. Too many mild and light dishes without anything truly hearty that brought rich and bold flavors to the palate. Many of the dishes were lightly sweet and lightly salty, but not many utilized acidity or spiciness as a flavor component. Uchi handles mild flavors and bold flavors equally well, balancing them within the dishes as well as throughout the course of the dinner.

White grapefruit and wild mint soda
Coi - White grapefruit and wild mint soda

Milk and Tea Sheep's Milk Ricotta, Wild Chamomile, Lemon
Coi - Milk and Tea

Geoduck Clam Cucumber, Almond, Cilantro
Coi - Geoduck Clam

Earth and Sea #5 New Harvest Potatoes, Fresh Seaweeds, McEvoy Olive Oil
Coi - Earth and Sea #5

Spring Chilled English Pea Soup, Our Buttermilk, Nasturtium
Coi - Spring

Butter-Roasted Morels Favas, Angelica Root, Tarragon
Coi - Butter-Roasted Morels

Young Carrots Roasted in Hay Sprouts, Radish Powder, Shaved Pecorino
Coi - Young Carrots Roasted in Hay

Yuba Dashi with porcini and shiitake, steamed tofu mousseline
Coi - Yuba

Slow-Cooked Farm Egg Brown Butter, Buckwheat, Shiitake
Slow-Cooked Farm Egg

Cook It Raw Prather Ranch Beef Tartare, Douglas Fir
Coi - Cook It Raw

Tomme Dou Soum (Caves Fromageres Bearnises) Spring Greens
Coi - Tomme Dou Soum

White Chocolate Pudding Blueberries, Lemon Verbena
Coi - White Chocolate Pudding

Cake and Ice Cream Caramelized Chocolate Cake, Raw Milk Ice Cream
Coi - Cake and Ice Cream

Coi - Petit Fours

4 comments to What I Ate: June 5, 2010 (Il Cane Rosso, Coi)

Optimista, June 7th, 2010 at 8:02 pm:

  • If I may be so rude, may I ask how much your dinner at Coi cost? I think I could've eaten all that food by myself and still been hungry. :-P

Scott, June 7th, 2010 at 9:54 pm:

  • Mmm…morels…yummy.

Michael Chu, June 7th, 2010 at 10:24 pm:

  • Coi was $135 per person for dinner. That does not include alcohol, tax or gratuity. We were full after the meal, but it was a bit on the light/refreshing side while I was looking for something heartier. Our dinner companions suggested that in the summer, the menu may tend towards more vegetables and refreshing flavors vs. rich and meaty (like our previous visit which was in the spring). Unfortunately, I didn't confirm this with the staff after the meal.

Scott, June 8th, 2010 at 8:25 pm:

  • I've been on an egg salad sandwich kick lately, and I was *this* close to getting that one, but the anchovy-garlic butter threw me…not an anchovy fan, and I didn't want to have to throw away the only meal I was going to have time for that day. :-p I tend to prefer larger egg pieces, though. My last one was a sandwich from Mr. Pickle (Millbrae), and it was the tiniest-cut egg I'd ever seen.

    Instead we ended up at Gott's and I got the Miss Kentucky:
    Griddled onions & mushrooms, jack cheese, cole slaw, tomatoes, BBQ sauce & house-made ranch on a toasted egg bun. T'was messy, but the slaw was a nice suprise. I thought it was going to be served on the side, but it was on the sandwich.

    Their garlic fries are too parsley-y and they tend to burn the garlic…

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