Gary Danko's is Perfect for MomNoms After Dark
This is my first instalment of MomNoms afterdark. So, I figured we would start off big by going with Gary Danko’s. A San Francisco Michelin star restaurant. Gary Danko’s is a perfect place for a date or special occasion date night. It’s on the pricy side, but pretty cheap considering the chef does have a Michelin star. I would definitely recommend going to Gary Danko’s at least once if you’re in San Francisco.
Since Braedon has been born, we have only went out a couple of times. We are trying to make it happen a little more often, hopefully once a month or something. Parenthood really does cloud your entire life sometimes.
Gareth surprised me with a whole night out, including dinner at Gary Danko’s and a hotel room, where all we did was sleep, unfortunately.
I wore a dress and heels, that hasn’t happened in almost 2 years.
We dropped Braedon off with our friend, made sure he had everything that he needed and hailed an uber. I hate dropping him off, I always feel guilty, but I know that he is in in wonderful hands and has loads of fun there.
We were debating to what we were going to do until our 9:30 last minute reservation. Well, since we are going to be in Fisherman’s Wharf anyway, let’s go to Ghiradelli Square and get some wine.
We made it over to Wattle Creek Winery, they have fantastic whites, which is something that I was craving at the time. We liked them so much, we ended up with a wine club membership. We felt like such adults after that! They gave us a celebratory sparkling red. I laughed because it made me think of Kale or Whale, I automatically tweeted her!
We walked to the hotel to check in. Argonaut Hotel in Fisherman’s Wharf, this might have been the cutest nautical and tourist themed hotel that I have ever been in. The bed was so comfortable that we passed out immediately after dinner. Oh, the life of being a parent.
We walk to Gary Danko’s, get there at 9:30, and they did not have our table ready yet. So, we went to the bar and ordered a couple of wines. We talked and enjoyed our adult time, I did not really need much more than that in all reality.
The host walks over with smoked salmon with caviar and apologizes that it is taking so long. This might have been the best thing that I have ever eaten. It was buttery with a slightly smoky taste. The caviar was not too salty and the salmon was perfectly smoked, on a brioche strip, that had the perfect amount of butter on it. I cannot explain how rich and amazing this was.
We finally get seated and get our menu. We have no idea if we want the Prix Fixe Menu, a 3 course menu, 4 course menu, or 5 course menu. We both decided on 5 course and if we are too full by the cheese plate, we can just get one.
They bring us out amuse bouche soup, this isn’t even a part of our 5 course menu. It was creamy and decadent. I could have eaten bowls of this. We also had bread and butter at the time. So good, I shouldn’t have eaten as much as I did.
I order us a bottle of Riesling from Germany. I thought that it would be a really good light wine for us to drink for our meal. Gareth agreed that it was perfect for what we were eating.
Gareth literally just airdropped me our entire meal because I am so spacy. This is why I love him.
Our first course; Gareth had Poached Farm Egg with Bacon Brioche, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Crispy Sweetbreads and I had Risotto with Rock Shrimp, Lobster, Shimeji Mushrooms and Peas. We both tasted each other’s. Gareth won, that sweetbreads concoction was probably the best thing that I have ever tasted in my life. I loved mine too, risotto and it was cooked perfectly, the shrimp was not chewy, was a good cook, and the mushrooms were just amazing. I’m glad that we got what we did.
Second course; the course was fabulous. Gareth had Roast Maine Lobster with Potato Pure, White Beech Mushrooms, Edamame and Tarragon. Mine was Pan Seared Bass with Israeli Couscous, Green Garlic, Fava Beans and Preserved Meyer Lemon. Gareth won again. His lobster was perfect. I wanted that more than mine. However, the bass was so good. If I wouldn’t have tasted his first, I would have wanted mine. I love a good bass. It’s such a hard fish to actually add flavor to and they did a fantastic job.
Third course; the pictures of this course was awful, so no pictures, but just mouth watering descriptions. Gareth had Lemon Pepper Duck Breast with Duck Hash, Bacon Braised Endive, Mountain Berries and Port and I had Juniper Crusted Bison with King Trumpet Mushrooms, Cipollini Onions and Herb Spatzle. I really think that I won this one. I loved the rare bison with the spatzle and not just because I am German. The meat was so tender, moist, just perfectly cooked. The onions added just the right amount of sweetness and the Spatzle has the perfect seasoning. If you ask Gareth, his was better. It was really good, I have to admit. Most duck that I eat is really game-y and dry, this was moist and fantastic. The berries gave it the perfect amount of sweetness.
Fourth course; each of us had 4 different cheeses and shared them. I cannot honestly tell you what the cheeses were. We shared them, they were so good. Just get the cheese plate, seriously.
Fifth course; dessert. Gareth got Baked Chocolate Soufflé with Two Sauces and I got French Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches with Three Sauces. I’m pretty sure that I won this. I love macarons and the ice cream was perfect with it. His was too rich for my blood. They were both delicious though.
They brought us out a mini plate of desserts too! All I can say is that they were so good.
The service was lacking, however. I feel like everyone else was there for ‘special’ occasion and because were not, at least not verbally, we were on the back burner.
We left, wanted to find a bar to get a nightcap, but decided to go to the hotel instead. We could not stay awake. We brushed our teeth and laid in the soft, pillowy bed and went to sleep.
Alarms go off at 8am, time to start our day again. Time to go get Braedon, in last night’s clothes.
I love that we got to spend that time with Gareth though. I love our alone time.
I’m moving my Sunday Post to Monday, after much research. So keep a lookout for my chicken fajitas from Cinco De Mayo on Monday!
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