The Quince people really think a lot of themselves. I had to make the reservation EXACTLY 30 days from the time I wanted the reservation. No more, no less. They wanted a $100 deposit (cancellation fee) on the credit card for four people. You can only bring up to two bottles of wine per table, at $35 corkage for each one. And when I tried to take a picture of one of the courses, the hostess quickly ran up and said that there were to be no pictures of the food. I thought I was on a Seinfeld episode, the one with the Soup Nazi. That said, it really was a great meal. We opted for the tasting menu as it offered both a great value as well as a good opportunity to really experience the chef’s talents. One side note: a member of our dining party is pregnant and the server offered her a rather sophisticated beverage option: non-alcoholic gewurztraminer juice and later pinot noir juice. They were actually fairly tasty. The gewurztraminer especially almost tasted like the real thing.
The tasting menu included the following:
Maine lobster salad, asparagus, trumpet mushrooms – Great start. Perfectly cooked lobster, delicate sauce.
Dover Sole, spinach and truffled hollandaise sauce – The best Dover Sole I ever had. Lightly coated in flour and perfectly sauteeed. Truffled Sauce was brilliant.
Caramelle, celery root and black truffle – Unexpectedly good. The pasta looked like little tootsie rolls and had fantastic texture and depth of flavor
Agnolotti dal plin – Lovely meat-filled tiny raviolis, traditional Piedmonte style. Solid, but the table agreed they were not as good as the Caramelle.
Marin Sun Farms Ribeye, fried spring onions, creamed nettles, spinach – Only disappointment of the night. None of us cared for the dish. Texture of the ribeye was not tender enough. Sauce overpowered.
Chocolate Hazelnut bombe, olive oil gelato – So rich, so decadent. Olive oil gelato did not taste of strong olive oil flavor, which pleased me, is this is typically why I do not care for olive oil gelato. I want more.
1701 Octavia Street
(between Austin St & Bush St)