Breakfast this morning was in the San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace, an historic Beaux Arts landmark along the Embarcadero waterfront. It’s a food lover’s haven with lots of little food shops from bakeries to a charcuterie shop, a mushroom stall complete with local and imported truffles, a chocolatier, an Italian gelato bar and small grocer.
Just above all this delicious activity on a terrace was an amazing brunch. Fifth Floor Restaurant was serving Foie Gras French Toast and MarketBar & Far West Fungi served a soft scrambled egg bruschetta with Slow Cooked Mushrooms & Chimichurri. There were 31 food stations in total and we walked around eating and sipping on either locally brewed craft beers, wine, sake, taquila or vodka – what a great way to start the day!
One of my favourites was Gotto Roadside’s Crispy Ahi Poke Tostades with Spicy Sambal Mayo, Avocado Crema and Cilantro. The tuna was tossed in a Ponzu sauce (citrus soy sauce). It was OMG delicious!
Joel and Duncan Gotto have been serving up mouthwatering classics inspired by childhood memories and made from quality ingredients that draw people from miles around. Some of the produce used in the restaurant comes from their St. Helena farm where they harvest tomatoes, zucchini, lettuce and more, all organically grown. They use recyclable, renewable or compostable packaging whenever possible including their menus that are 100% recycled with 100% post-consumer waste.
Their popularity was born from their Ahi Tuna Burger, a 5-ounce patty of fresh Ahi tuna seared rare with ginger wasabi mayo and Asian slaw on a toasted egg bun. Everyone should experience these light yet bold flavours dancing around their palate at least once in their lifetime.
Their Niman Ranch beef patties contain no antibiotics or added growth hormones and are made from vegetarian-fed beef raised on family-owned farm and are ground fresh daily. What a great place and all of this comes with down to earth prices that range from $15 for their famous Ahi Burger (most expensive dish on the menu) to $14 for their Ahi Poke Crispy Tacos.
I walked around and tasted crab cakes and freshly shucked oysters from Scoma’s Restaurant then stopped dead in my tracks when I came face to face with the 8-foot, 70 pound Red Tailed Boa named Bethesar. He was very well behaved, thank goodness.
Distracted only momentarily from the fantastic food offerings I fell in love with E & O Trading Company’s (restaurant) Sake Braised Pork, Pickled Rhubarb, Micro Greens on Scallion Coriander Biscuits – wow! For a slider, it was luscious and melt in your mouth with earth succulent flavours. I noticed how many of the flavours were added with a flavoured biscuit. What a simple technique instead of using plain white bread that adds no benefit to a traditional slider. It was fantastic. Chef Sharon Nahn has a talent for Asian fusion cuisine and her specialty is Indonesian Corn Fritters, so famous that they’ve been featured on the Food Network. With a full belly we walked back to our hotel. This was just one meal, stay tuned for more.