St Valentine’s Day 2012

I was lucky enough to not be working this St Valentine’s Day, so Mrs. Flannestad and I splurged at one of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco, Commonwealth.

dungeness crab and hibiscus amuse.

Nice chunk of dungeness crab with a hibiscus sorbet to get things going.

celery root puree amuse.

A coffee cup of celery root puree.

oysters poached in their shell, turnip, bacon, nettle veloute.

Oysters were very good, but I won this course with the:

caviar, textures of potato, soft scrambled egg, fine herb salad.

This was the first real highlight of the meal.

scallops, jerusalem artichoke, leeks, sea urchin sabayon.

A great preparation, scallops were perfect.

foie gras, brioche french toast, rhubarb, grains of paradise.

I will have foie gras on my french toast from here on out, thank you very much.

winter citrus, beets, idiazabal cheese, frisee, hazelnut.

This was a really good salad, with the cheese in a couple forms, one spherical. The amazing thing, though, was the crazy wine pairing which was a crazy muscat from terue in the willamette valley of oregon. We both tasted the wine before having the food and thought it was madness, floral and bizarre. But it worked perfectly with the salad.

duck breast, cauliflower, verjus, shaved root vegetable, vadouvan jus.

Rats, Michele won this course with the duck.

black cod, brussel sprouts, black trumpets, pumpernickel emulsion.

My cod was cooked to perfection, but the “dirt”, while very tasty, was too crunchy. Reminded me of grape nuts.

Forgot to take a picture of the meyer lemon mousse, candied ginger crumble, frozen grapefruit!

s’mores, chocolate, cardamom marshmallow, burnt honey ice cream.

We’ve had this dessert before at Commonwealth, and we never tire of the burnt honey ice cream. It is deeelicious.

A great meal, fantastic staff, and a wonderful St Valentine’s Day. If you have the chance to dine there, and the above seem appealing, I can’t recommend it highly enough.