Pure Food & Wine Review
Posted on May 4, 2012
So, as it turns out, I’m not so good at pretending to know about tech things. I was screwing around a little with the photos on the back end of my blog, and I deleted them ALL. Luckily, I have most of the photos saved on an external drive, so I will have them back up soon (I hope). I nearly had a heart attack when I realized what I did. Smooth moves, Alex.
I’m actually currently frolicking around San Francisco, and I have so much to tell you guys! I’m falling in love with this city.
I met my parents for dinner on Sunday night. It ended up being a lovely evening, so we opted for the outdoor table. The hostess guided us through the low vaulted ceilings, warm wood, and bright pink chairs of the indoor portion of the restaurant, back to the patio. We cozied into the plush benches, and ordered our drinks. I started with a mojito cocktail, which was light and refreshing. I can see this being the perfect drink to order when you need a little cool down in the warmer months in NYC.
We decided to dive into the raw vegan cuisine head-first, and do the tasting menu. I have been to a few vegan restaurants, but the raw thing was new to me. I wanted to make sure we got a good tour of the raw food world, so the tasting menu seemed to be our best bet. Bringing my meat-eating parents was definitely a stretch, but I had a feeling that Pure would be able to pull through.
They brought over our first plate, which was the amuse-bouche. An amuse-bouche is a single bite of food that is meant to excite your taste buds, as well as give the chef a chance to show you what he/she is all about. When they dropped these plated in front of us, I could see my parents smirk a little. Uh oh, I though, I hope they serve us a little more than a half-strawberry for the next course, otherwise I’m in for a long night of eye-rolling.
This was a green strawberry with reduced, aged balsamic vinegar. A tiny little explosion of flavor.
After this first little guy, the dishes increased in size and flavor. Any expectations or hesitations I may have had against raw food, flew out the window. Each bite was better than the next, tasting new flavors and textures. We technically had five courses, but with each course, they brought out 3 different dishes (with the exception of the soup course). We would each take a few, savored bites and pass our dishes clockwise.
Salad of Wild Arugula, Petite Winter Greens and Apples with blue cashew cheese, pecan brittle, maple mustard vinaigrette
Salad of Chicories with Bourbon Cask Sour Cherries with salsify bacon, lapsang smoked walnuts, buttermilk dressing
Pretty Flower Salad (I can’t remember what this one was – so I’m renaming it)
Avocado and Sweet Corn Soup with cilantro lime sour cream, pickled radish, chipotle chili
Pear Ravioli with Smoked Long Pepper Mousse with preserved lemon, truffle honey, almonds and shaved perigord
Sunchoke Gratin with Vanilla Poached Pear with black kale pesto, shaved black truffles, truffle hazelnut cream
Natsu Maki of Avocado, Pickled Red Onion and Asparagus with baby heirloom carrots, upland cress, black garlic sauce, wasabi aioli
Cauliflower Cous Cous with Cumin Scented Persimmon Dolmas with pistachio, almond, dried fruits, mint, Moroccan tomato jus
Hen of the Woods Tacos al Pastor with smoked guacamole, hearts of palm, chayote squash, guajillo crema fresca, pickled onions
Palate cleanser: blueberry lime soda (Wolfman hand: Dad)
Pumpkin Cheesecake brown ale ice cream, pecan brittle, brown ale caramel
Apple Spice Cake with caramelized apples, date maple caramel, cranberry sherbet
Dark Chocolate Semi Freddo with chocolate cake, passion fruit gelee, coconut cream, passion fruit sorbet
The food was so good that it made me cry… or maybe that was my parents’ birthday card. I blame my weak tear ducts on my Mom.
It was such a lovely meal that exceeded all of my expectations. Thank you Mom and Dad for taking me out on a date. You’re the greatest.
Meat-eaters, vegetarians, vegans and all, please give this restaurant a try. You won’t be disappointed.