San Francisco: Range

Before Carmen left SF for the next chapter of her medical career in Iowa, we had her sendoff dinner at Range:


There were four of us in total: Carmen, VN, myself, and one of Carmen's undergrad friends.  We of course decided to share everything.

We started off with two appetizers, the first of which was the smoked trout rillette with pickled veggies and cream cheese ($15):


It came with these thin, crispy slices of rye toast:


I'm always a bit skeptical when it comes to healthy looking things and this toast just screamed HEALTHY.  It probably was, but it was also delicious, especially with the smoked trout.  Which I appreciated.  I even found the pickled veggies to be lovely.  I was quite proud of myself that night.

Our second appetizer was the roasted asparagus ($13):


It came with cumin yogurt, meyer lemon freekeh, harissa, and toasted almonds.

Then came our two entrees.  We had the strip loin of beef with hen of the woods mushrooms ($28):


The thick, juicy slab of beef rested on a bed of broccoli raab and cherry sauce.  The sweet tartness of the cherries perfectly complimented the sea salt garnished beef.  By far my favorite of the night (with the smoked trout coming in at a close second).

Our second entree was the artichokes barigoule with ricotta dumplings, fava beans, and ramps ($21):


You can't have a sendoff dinner with dessert, so we ordered the strawberries with buttermilk panna cotta and cornmeal shortbread ($9):


Everything at Range was fantastic, though the prices were a bit steep.  The service was attentive and the atmosphere was quiet and intimate (though we kind of ruined that with how loud we were laughing).

It was a fun night rehashing our time with Carmen in the Bay.  It was sad to say goodbye at the end of the meal, but we knew it was only a matter of time before we saw Carmen again.

Hope things are going well for you in Iowa, Carmen!


Range
842 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 282-8283
http://www.rangesf.com/

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