Last night, I got a call from a friend whose group had ended up with one extra ticket to Black Rider. Did I want to join them? of course!
They had dinner reservations at La Scene, which is on Geary @ Taylor. I'd never been there before, so sure, I was game.
They have a lovely 3-course prix fixe option - $24.95 or $29.95 depending on your choices.
I started with the beet salad with shaved pears, mesclun and goat cheese. This was a really, really wonderful salad. Nicely acidic dressing with perfectly roasted beets and a delicious goat cheese. I believe the pears were asian, and a nice counterpoint to the other flavors in the salad.
4 out of our group of 5 ordered the diver scallops for our entree, and honestly, they were AMAZING. so perfectly carmelized with a delicious, delicious sauce of chive fumee. Came with lovely mashed potatoes, a sprinkling of crisp bacon and the most amazing haricot verts. The one person who didn't order these got the halibut, and pronounced it "perfectly cooked and seasoned".
The other choices including a pasta dish, duck confit and braised lamb shank. Had I been with folks I knew better, and knew I'd be able to share with, I probably would have had the duck. Next time, definitely.
There was a choice of desserts, two of which were pear based (I think they must have gotten a great price on pears this week!), one of which was a sorbet plate, and a chocolate bread pudding, which I ordered. The bread pudding itself was really wonderful - not too eggy but still very moist, great bittersweet chocolate flavor, a bit of crisp crust. The pear crisp was also nice, but I'm not a fan of pears. The sorbets were very good, but I don't believe they were house made.
They have a small but acceptable wine list. We ordered a bottle of some CA Sangoivese - but I regret to say I can't remember the name. It was very nice, and I believe around $30-36.
I really can't wait to take my hubby here - it's a very beautiful room with exceptional service and wonderful food.
Located in the Hotel Warwick, by the way.