Saturday, April 13, 2013

Progressive American Dining

Had dinner with my lovely friend Leila the other night on Mission and 18th at Commonwealth. It's always great catching up with a friend over some nosh. We've both never been to Commonwealth, despite always passing by it when I'm frolicking around the Mission. Here's what got:

 Charred scallop ceviche, carrot-soy panna cotta, yuzu, crispy onion rings, mint.

Asparagus and sunflower seed risotto, shiitakes, preserved lemon, chicken skin crisp.

 Cedar grilled mussels, green garlic soup, hay smoked potato, black trumpets, soft boiled egg.

 Tea smoked duck, sprouted wheatberries, burnt tangerine, crispy duck tongues.

 Waygu beef, snap peas, greens.

I'll be the first to admit I'm a sucker for nicely plated dishes. Almost to the point where I don't want to eat because it's so pretty. But knowing my chubby self, that's obviously not an option! My favorite dish was definitely the tea smoked duck. The combination of the duck, wheat berries, and burnt tangerines made awesome flavors.

By the way, Commonwealth has a $70 six course chefs menu ($110 if you want it paired with wine tasting), in which $10 of the proceeds goes back to charity. Food with a conscious!



  1. These look so gorgeous, simply piece of ART!!!!! But, for the God sake, the size of our portions should be increased:))!!!
    Great pictures as well!
    Have a fabulous time!

    Best wishes, Alexandra

  2. I know what your mean about being apprehensive about eating beautifully plated dishes. This place looks delicious! xx


  3. too pretty to eat! so it's a degustation style then. i love that it's multi-course but with small servings.

  4. The last three meals caught my attention. To be honest, food plating and art makes it 10/10 for me but I think I won't be full with these. Never tried fancy dinner as like this and I think I won't survived. lols. I hate myself.. Have a lovely Sunday Kiim!

  5. they are very tempting! I love the plating.. i didnt want to eat it too if i were you.. hahaha
    I love your signature too.. very edgy! <3
    anw do you want to follow each other on GFC or bloglovin?
    let me know.. ;)


  6. It looks sooo good! Loved your blog! We are following you on gfc, wanna follow each other on facebook and bloglovin? Let us know! We always follow back Kisses! ♥

  7. beautiful and really creative!
    what about follow each other?
    let me know :)
    have a nice day!

  8. um that looks AMAZING. and gorgeous photos too!


  9. We're suckers for nicely platted food too. And weadmit we've tried to replicate resturant looking dishes at home, but they never seem to turn out! It looks too good to eat!

  10. Great pics! Very cool blog. Just joined and look forward to following.

    Will you join mine?