Sunday 15 May 2011

Swell Restaurant and Tunnel Top Bar, San Francisco

Tonight for dinner we went out to Swell in the Union Square area of downtown San Francisco and had an excellent meal. Swell is like a modern version of Japanese food with a little bit of European thrown in and a focus on seafood. The restaurant had an excellent vibe, the service was relaxed but efficient, and the tables were regularly turned over.

image001We started with the Chef’s tasting platter which consisted of Sea Urchin that was divine, magnificent Hokkaido Scallops that were wrapped around Granny Smith Apple, Yuzu Ailoi and Wasabi Tobiko, Yellow Fin Tuna and a fish of some description (Hamachi?). This was an excellent platter.

We had Wagyu Beef and Hamachi to share for our main with a side of roasted asian mushrooms that had a lovely lemon flavour to them.

All in all the raw fish was our highlight and we would happily return. As a bonus they also had Waiwera Water.

image003We then moved next door to the Tunnel Top Bar. Grunge is an appropriate word to describe this dark local bar that played a variety of music but more in the grunge genre than any. I had a very enjoyable Big Daddy IPA beer from San Francisco that was very hoppy and had lots of complexity and Jane had an Orange Juice. Great vibe.

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