Angler – WOW! Mind Blowing Seafood and Mushrooms

Angler is by the same group which owns the 3 Michelin Star restaurant Saison in San Francisco.  The focus is on seafood.

One of the first things you will notice upon entering is the open kitchen with wood fired stoves and smokers.

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The menu changes depending on what is fresh.  Here is the menu from the day we had lunch.

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We started with an assortment of oysters.  Very fresh and briny.

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The restaurant provided some condiments on the table including their house hot sauce which was very good on the oysters, and some pickled peppers.

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As an appetizer, we had the big eye tuna tartare.  The presentation was a nice surprise as it came with a nori sprinkled rice puff.   The tuna was below a tomato jelly.

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Next, the mains, all cooked over the wood.  A perfectly cooked and sweet diver scallop.

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An absolutely delicious, and perfectly cooked bass.  The skin was so crispy and the meat was so fresh and tasty.  Amazingly smooth texture.  They provided homemade Chinese 5 spice on the side and a sauce which I don’t remember the name of.  With the 5 spice, you could tell the ingredients were ground fresh.

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…and finally, this grilled wood mushroom with the house made hot sauce.  This dish was perfect.  Heavenly umami from the mushroom and then nice flavors from the buttery hot sauce.  I did not expect this dish to standout that much.  When I ordered it, I thought of it as a side dish, but I could of had just this and been very happy.

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For dessert, a New Orleans.  This was ice cream with iced chicory on top.

Service was good and food was outstanding.  I would definitely come back.  I wish they had uni on the menu this day, but I will have to come back when they do.  9/10

 

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