Monthly Archives: December 2007

Ame, St Regis, San Francisco

So yes it’s pricey. As usual, when you pay lot of money, you expect high quality. But you know what? I’ve paid lot of money in many restaurants, and didn’t feel it was always worth it. In the case of Ame, it just was.First, the service. Impeccable. If you compare with many SF restaurant, where everyone is very chilled, Ame has a high class service. Very similar to French laundry or Gary Danko.Second, the food. Very original (finally a restaurant which invents stuffs and flavor, very similar to Cortez in that matter), modern, surprising… I love when I have this feeling of eating something that i couldn’t cook at home. Well, the least I can say, is that there was no way i could have cooked the amazing meal I had yesterday night. Great sashimi and crudo (some real cool flavors in there!), amazing soup, a black cod from out of this world (even the Nobu black cod may not be as good). We also had some beef cheeks, which actually i wasn’t a big fan of. But that’s more because i don’t like beef cheeks in general. Third, I had some very cool cheeses. American cheeses! Yes! An American cuisine restaurant (ok some influence from asia) served me some US cheese. And you know what? It was de-li-cious. Really good! I love to discover new things, and this was a true finding. Last but not least, the wines. We had a wine pairing, and it was spot on. Even the red burgundy on the black cod, which could have seemed surprising, was really nice. The combination of the cod flavors with the light red wine was really nice.Can’t wait to go back…


2002 Rocher Bellevue Figeac, St-Emilion


This is one of the great french wines you can find at K&L wines in San Francisco. It goes very well with cheese or red meat.

I’m still trying very hard to find amazing wines for less than $20. The best i found was the Lalande Borie St Julien 1999, which i could get for $15. It’s hard to beat such a good deal. Unfortunately, i can not find the Lalande Borie anymore in San Francisco, so i need to find something else.

My friend Per, big wine fan, recommended this St Emilion. I have to say, i wasn’t disappointed and  I am going to buy more of  it!