Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Dinner in the City - Prospect restaurant

Prospect - CrowdFor Mijo's birthday, I took him to Prospect. He's the one who picked this restaurant from a list of three I gave him. 

As a summary, we were both happy with the quality and taste of the dishes we ordered and the dessert were beautiful as well as addicting. The ambience was topnotch. But what impressed us the most was the service. It was not only friendly and attentive, they were super quick. We were in and out of the restaurant in a little over an hour. Wow!

I've been to Prospect before for brunch so I knew about the good food and ambience in this restaurant. This was Mijo's first time here. I was observing him during dinner what his reaction would be. Mijo thinks that the food was extra tasty with engridients we don't usually see in dishes served in regular restaurants in the city. He truly liked each one of the dish we ordered.

The restaurant serves contemporary American dishes and it is located at the base of the Infinity towers on Spear St. and Folsom St. You'll see the bar once you push through their heavy doors. Their dining area is huge with high ceilings. I noticed they also have another dining area at the back for private parties. The crowd is typical San Francisco corporate types with a few out-of-towner looking diners.

Propsect - 2011 Pinot Noir Rivers-Marie
Their wine list is extensive. We didn't want to drink a lot so we stuck with their wines by the glass. We decided to order a local Pinot Noir, a 2011 Sonoma Coast by Rivers-Marie. It was heavier than the usual pinots but tastes like a good pinot. 

Prospect - Duck Liver Pate
They have a set of specials that evening which was listed on a separate one-paged menu. This is where we picked this duck livers pate topped with bourbon-huckeberry jelly served with toasted crostini. The jelly provided a good balance on the super rich livery taste of the pate.

Prospect - Local Petrale Sole
Mijo chose the local Petrale Sole with  brown butter Cauliflower, Yukon gold potatoes, pioppini mushroom, lemon and caper sauce. Half way through dinner, we discretely swapped plates so I was able to taste this. It was very tasty without being salty. I especially noticed the cauliflowers and the mushrooms had this explosion of flavors.

Prospect - California White Sea Bass
I ordered this California white sea bass which consists of Corona Bean “Cassoulet”, braised radicchio, clams, sundried tomato sauce, and herb crumbs. I had to eat very slow so to enjoy the moment. It was that good. Do you see that frothy part on the plate? That was so tasty! Another explosion of flavors.

Prospect - Creamsicle Brulee
For the desset, Mijo and I usually share one dessert. Since this is a birthday dinner and we still had room for dessert, we decided to order two items off their dessert menu. Mijo decided to get the Creamsicle Brulee which is Mandarin Pudding, Vanilla Bean Custard Blood Orange Granita. Perfect blending of citrus, vanilla and cream flavors. Not sweet at all so you can taste all the glorious flavors.

Prospect - Chocolate Caramel Marquis
I ordered this Chocolate Caramel Marquis
which is chocolate flourless cake, salted caramel, Guanaja chocolate cremeux, caramelized puff rice, cocoa nib ice cream. It was decadent as well as it is pretty to look at.

Overall, this restaurant is in our list of favorites. The food is delicious here. The service is quick that our food was served in short intervals. It was so quick that we were there only for a little over an hour. The birthday celebrant was happy that evening. :)


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