I have heard a lot about the Salt House restaurant, so I wanted to try it while back in San Francisco. When we walked in the door I instantly liked their simple style and unique use of interior items. Round card racks served as light fixtures and hang tags were used for business cards. So I realized that I was drawn to this place because the owners also headed up another San Francisco treat, Town Hall restaurant.
The Salt House menu is New American but also includes a classic Canadian treat, Poutine. You really can’t go wrong with putting cheese and gravy over fries especially if that gravy is made from short ribs. I couldn’t bring myself to order the dish–I would have been guilt ridden. So I ordered the yellowfin tartar with melon, radish, cucumber and lime instead–yummo! The flavors were fresh and the serving size was perfect.
I followed my appetizer with white polenta with maitakes (mushrooms), toybox tomatoes and grana padano. Sounds healthy, tastes decadent! It reminded my of the flavors I used to enjoy as a kid at my grandma’s house in Walnut Creek. Perfect pairing with the wine we ordered. Hitting two for two, we had to try dessert. The decision was unanimous, gingerbread upside down cake with French butter pears and ginger vanilla ice cream. How could that be bad? Don’t worry–it wasn’t!