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Laundry On Sundaes

Every beginning is only a sequel, after all, and the book of events is always open halfway through.

We had an amazing dinner for Yufei’s birthday last month at Acquerello. The restaurant had a pretty small dining room that had a very cozy and intimate atmosphere.

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We were promptly seated and began the night with this little complimentary drink of orange juice, vermouth, and Pellegrino.

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We also shared a glass of prosecco to kick off the night. I love it when restaurants are nice about sharing glasses of wine and even provide you with 2 half glasses.

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Several amuse bouches followed. The ones in the front are arancini, fried rice balls coated with bread crumbs. They ones behind are puff pastry filled with cheese. They reminded me of the gruyère cheese gougères we had at Per Se and The French Laundry.

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Another amuse bouche, a cauliflower budino. I really enjoyed this, it was so creamy and savory.

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We also got bread with butter and sea salt. All this before we even got anything we ordered!

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Finally we come to the food we actually ordered. Acquerello has a prix fixe menu where you can choose 3, 4, or 5 courses. We decided to just go for the 3 courses and it was definitely enough. For his first course, Yufei got the lamb shank agnolotti, Gaeta olives, nasturtium, garlic chips, and orange zest.

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I chose the sunburst squash and bell pepper gazpacho, strawberry granita, toasted walnuts, and basil. It was very light and refreshing.

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Yufei’s main course, Snake River Farms New York steak, English peas, pea tendrils, confited clams, and lemon purée.

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My main course, Sea bream with Lobster mushrooms trifolati, smoked trout roe, lemon, and tarragon.

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And dessert! Yufei chose the flourless chocolate cake, eucalyptus custard, compressed blueberries, and black licorice gelato. It came with a birthday message and a candle!

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My dessert, bourbon-caramel semifreddo, Amaretti crust, chocolate, and caramel sauce. I think we both liked my dessert better, it was truly fantastic. I could have licked the plate!

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After we were done, we were presented with a little candy cart filled with candies, chocolates, macarons, and more. We were pretty full at this point, but how can you resist all these delicious-looking sweets?

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We were definitely fully stuffed after this. They gave us a box of almond biscotti before we left, which was a nice gesture. This was definitely one of the best meals we’ve ever had. The food and service were both excellent, I highly recommend Acquerello for special occasions in SF!

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