Dinner Date: July 14, 2012
Because of its proximity to hotels, Bluestem Brasserie caters to a certain type of clientele -- it is frequented by conference attendees and tourists in "I Love SF" sweatshirts.
Despite our experience with one particular group of loud and obnoxious conference attendees, we had an enjoyable dinner at Bluestem Brasserie prior to seeing Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter at the Century Theatre. Bluestem is a great pre-movie dinner venue being just a five minute walk to the Century Theatre at Bloomingdale's.
Bluestem is sleek and contemporary with floor to ceiling glass walls, wood and dark leather.
For my drink I had the BLUEBERRY GIMLET ($10). A little too tangy for me. I was not so happy with my drink but I never send my drink back. The prize of the blueberry soaking in blueberry syrup in the bottom of the cocktail glass gave me the sweetness that I was craving for in my drinks.
We had LAMB SAUSAGE WITH YOGURT-MINT AND ROASTED EGGPLANT ($11.50) for our appetizer. It was a simple appetizer but the lamb sausage was surprisingly mellow yet flavorful. The freshness was very apparent which was not surprising because the sausage was made in house. The mint-yogurt and eggplant were equally tasty.
As my main meal, I ordered the DUCK CONFIT SALAD WITH POACHED DUCK EGG ($23). Not only this salad delicious, it was also very filling. This salad was loaded with tender duck meat with perfectly poached duck egg on top that ran and mixed in with the greens and duck. The richness of this meal really satisfied me!
Enrique had the 12 OZ RIBEYE $35 WITH BOURBON ESPRESSO SAUCE $3.75. Enrique reported that this was a disappointing steak. The steak was full of veins which made it chewy.
Our check was $104 with Iced Tea and tip
A delightful meal pre-movie date night dinner. Service started out slow but turned out to be efficient. Our servers were friendly. If given the chance I want that duck confit salad for lunch again one of these days.