I got my ass kicked by a Smokey Martini at Paul K

Last week Kate and I had dinner at Paul K, which is just around the corner from our place.

It was a school night so I limited myself to one drink. They had one on special, the Smoky Martini. It was gin with a splash of Laphroaig scotch whiskey. I had to try it.

Basically, the drink tasted like a scotch and water. Except there was no water, just gin. It was smoky and delicious, and it took me out :).

Paul K was great. I highly recommend checking them out for brunch or dinner.


Kate and I celebrated our anniversary with dinner at Michael Mina


Dinner was great. All the food was unique and delicious. The service was pretty much perfect. The servers were young yet professional. We asked questions about the menu and they commented how “most people don’t know what that is, and don’t ask.” They were happy to explain.

The drinks were mediocre, especially sad since they were $15 each. We wanted wine with dinner but the wine list is ridiculously long and expensive. The server recommended the Michael Mina house cab which was excellent.

There is only a three course pre fixe menu. Each course we got actually consisted of a plate with 3 small tastings on it. I liked the format a lot, we were able to try a lot of different foods.

The bar room has a good looking menu, but it’s a very uncomfortable seating situation and i’ll never eat there.

Summary: I will be back. But you won’t find me here as frequently as you will at Gary Danko. I think Danko is as good, though slightly less experimental. Danko is also about 30% less cash. You can pretty much walk into Michael Mina without a reservation, which is a huge plus when you get a last minute craving for a nice meal.

Tsunami in SOMA is amazing. Great sushi. Delicious rolls. Best drinks in the city. I’m not joking

I don’t know why this place doesn’t get more credit. We’ve been about a dozen times, it’s soooo good.

  • Incredible, interesting appetizers. Tuna Carpaccio with truffle oil is a must! 
  • Some of the best fish I’ve ever had. The salmon and tuni will simply melt in your mouth. Great for people who have lost their teeth! 
  • Awesome rolls. They’ve figured out how to mix ingredients like asparagus, avocado, and sauces to make good flavors 
  • The best drinks in the city. Their menu is split between “Gin drinks” and “non gin drinks”. Kate loves this 
  • The “Tsunami old fashioned” is the best Old Fashioned I’ve ever had. The Basil Gimlet is the best Kate’s ever had 
  • The dude next to us was like “I like beer”, the bartender said they have Hitachino. Awesome. That’s the only good Japanese beer 
  • The same dude said, naw, how about mixing something with vodka? The bartender said they focus on gin. Awesome. Vodka is disgusting. And I respect a place that takes their menu/tastes seriously enough to tell someone they can’t give him what he wants 
  • We got free dessert sake last time 

We’ve been here many times and always leave so impressed and happy. You really need to check this place out. I know @tomloverro loves this place too 🙂

Great new tequila bar less than a block from my old apartment in New York

I miss New York so much. I wonder why we don’t get cool places like this in SF.

Monika sent me a link to this new tequila bar in the east village. Created by the same people as Death & Co, one of my other favs.

slide up to the bar and order one of master mixologist Phil Ward’s new creations (like the Loop Tonic—blanco tequila, green chartreuse, vermouth and celery bitters) before finding your way upstairs. There, under a stained-glass chandelier meant to evoke a tarantula, you can settle with your favorite señorita, a few small bites and get to know tequila again for the first time.


Coco500 in soma

Really great dinner. Duck liver terrine was amazing. Good cocktails. My lamb was tough, but they didn’t charge me for it so that was nice. Afterwards I got the chance to drive my Miata for the first time in months. Spun that car around SOMA like you wouldn’t believe. That car is sick. I miss it so much. You can slide it around any roads anywhere, so amazing.