Restaurant Review: Rich Table

Have you ever been to a restaurant and found yourself saying “this is so good!” after the first bite of every dish? I recently came to Rich Table in San Francisco and was glad to have experienced all the food I ate there.

Not only was the food amazing, the interior was really cute (giant windows, natural lighting, wooden tables) and the service was great. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and was able to sell us a few dishes just by describing them.

Details

  • Location: San Francisco
  • Address: 199 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Restaurant Type: American (New)
  • Price: $$$
  • Ambience: Trendy, Classy
  • Attire: Causal

Food

Sardine Chips

At $3 each chip, they were not cheap, but at least they were delicious. There was a small sardine fried into a perfectly crispy potato chip for an amazing crunch. You get a little bit of the saltiness from the sardine, and it gets balanced out by the creamy horseradish crème fraîche. I wish I could afford to have this as my afternoon snack every day instead of having to buy an economical bag of Doritos from Costco to fulfill my chip cravings.

Sardine Chips

Chicken Liver Mousse Cannoli

A lot of people I know don’t really like liver mousse, but I love the silky texture and liver flavor (I know that’s probably weird). Pipe some into a cannoli and you’ve got a high end appetizer. I loved the crisp from the cannoli, the crunch from the pistachio, the silkiness from the liver mousse and the flavors from the raspberry. The raspberry added an interesting sweetness to the bite and though it was good, I wanted to taste more of the liver mousse.

Chicken Liver Mousse Cannoli | With pistachio and raspberry

Dried Porchini Doughnut

I’ve been wanting to try these for a while and I’m so glad they didn’t disappoint me. The doughnut was super light and airy and had a nice salt and pepper dusting on top. You’re suppose to dip in the raclette (melted cheese) and that was probably my favorite part. The cheese was light, but so flavorful at the same time. This was so good and I started just eating the cheese with my fork when we ran out of doughnuts.

Dried Porchini Doughnuts | With raclette

Tonnarelli Cacio E Pepe

When I saw the menu, I knew I wanted this as my main dish (though they technically don’t consider it a main dish). The pasta was thick, chewy and cooked PERFECTLY to my liking. The sea urchin sauce was so creamy and the combination of that with the shaved cheese, black pepper and chives was heavenly (I don’t even like chives). The texture and flavor of this dish was so on point. I wish there was a little more sea urchin flavor, but I love seafood and the taste of the sea so that’s probably not a normal request.

Tonnarelli Cacio E Pepe | With sea urchin and idiazabal (cheese)

Chow Mein

This was another amazing noodle dish. Like the Tonnarelli Cacio E Pepe, the chow mein was cooked perfectly. The drawn butter was an amazing flavor to this dish and paired really well with the perfectly cooked lobster.

Chow Mein | Lobster, corn, szechuan drawn butter

21 Day Dry Aged Rib Eye

I love it when you ask for a medium rare steak, the chef cooks you a medium rare steak (I feel like some restaurants usually overcook it). The steak cut like butter and was so tender. I’m not a big fan of BBQ sauce so I didn’t really care for it on the steak, nor do I think a perfectly cooked steak really needs a sauce. The sides were amazing as well. The coleslaw was fresh and had a citrus dressing. The bread with butter was so light, fluffy, creamy and I wouldn’t have minded ordering that a la carte because it was that good.

21 Day Dry Aged Ribeye | BBQ sauce, coleslaw, and buttermilk biscuit

Mixed Melon and Mint

I don’t usually order dessert because I get full easily from my meal, but sometimes I need to remember to save room because sometimes I’m totally missing out. The mixed melon and mint dessert was so refreshing! The mixed melon ice was so soft and literally melted in your mouth and the cucumber sherbert was such a nice pairing with the melon ice. I was confused about the black sesame at first, but each seed was full of black sesame flavor and gave the dessert some texture and a toasty and nutty flavor. I was really surprised by how much I loved this dessert.

Mixed Melon and Mint | Mixed Melon Ice, Cucumber Sherbert, Black Sesame

Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding

To everyone’s surprise, I’m not a huge chocolate person. I’ll eat it once in a while, but I never really crave it or choose anything chocolate flavor if there was a choice. We ordered this because my friend wanted it and I had no complaints. The chocolate pudding was so light, silky and smooth and literally felt like a pillow on my tongue. I’m not usually a fan of fruit and chocolate together, but thought that the strawberry jam complimented the pudding well and love the soft crunch of the cocoa nibs. I found myself not being able to put my spoon down until the bowl was empty.

Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding | Strawberry Jam, Cocoa Nib Crumble

Overall

Overall, I love all the dishes here from the bites, to the main dishes, to the dessert. All the dishes were so creative, cooked perfectly and had great unique flavors. I would recommend coming here if you want to treat yourself for a nice, but not break the bank type of meal.

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