My first day in San Francisco was exactly the way I imagined it to be – a platter of mixed oysters and a glass a NAPA sauvignon blanc for lunch, followed by a leisurely walk on the embarcadero with some dark chocolate tasting at TCHO. It was good to feel the chilly breeze at the pier again. It’s been five years since I was last here. Fisherman’s Wharf is still pretty much the way I remembered it and the stall where JT and I bought our seafood lunch (which we devoured at Coit Tower) was still there!
The walk up the slopes on Hyde thereafter was a little strenuous on my calves but it offered excellent views of the bay and the geographical topology of the city. I decided to return to Hyde in the evening for a late dinner with some friends at Luella but as fate would have it, the evening rain and the difficulty in finding a parking lot brought us to 1550 Hyde Cafe & Wine Bar, which was a pleasant surprise. The food was excellent – the braised pork ribs and the grass fed brisket were really scrumptious. We got a bottle of Pernand Vergelesses from Domaine Pavelot which went pretty well with the entree with its alluring cherry/ redberries aromas and an underlying earthy tones. The wine list is well put together but if you would like to bring your own, corkage applies. May I add that service here deserves some high praises as well? I was surprised to see a 1979 Bodegas Toro Albala Pedro Ximenez on the menu and I must say it was absolutely a delicious finish for the evening with the lip-smackingly good chocolate pots de creme.