My friend and co-worker Sandra passed her Certified Financial Analyst testing. To celebrate, we went to lunch at Brindisi Cucina di Mare in San Francisco. This restaurant is about 1 block from the office. The restaurant is located on Belden Place.
They have a nice outdoor patio with large heaters. We were seated outside under the heater. Imagine! It’s September and we’re sitting under heaters during lunch. But this is San Francisco – this is normal.
Beautiful flowers were placed at the table along with nice white tablecloths, and cloth napkins. Did I mention the heater?
We placed our orders and let me say there were many surprises! Lobster bisque was the first surprise we received. It was very creamy with large pieces of lobster in the broth.
You can tell the soup was very enjoyable!
The second surprise were the number of utensils given to me and my friend Sandra. We shared the Bucatini Allo Scrigno.
The crab cake was very tasty with a crunchy outside. A minimalist plating.
The Chicken Caesar was filled with grilled chicken. It was an authentic Caesar dressing, with anchovy.
Today’s Special appetizer was grilled tuna on a skewer.
Chicken Pizza – not to be confused with Chichen Itza (the pyramid in Mexico, pronounced almost the same) was drizzled with a delicious, emerald green pesto and a copious amount of grilled chicken on a thin crust.
The big surprise was the Linguini Allo Scrigno! A large bowl covered with pizza crust.
The server brought it out and we were so happy just looking at it. Large smiles and laughter were present at the table.
The server took a knife and cut into the pizza top. A delicious steam came from under the pizza dome scented with garlic, tomatoes, herbs and copious amounts of seafood – clams, mussels, salmon, calamari, shrimp and crab. The shrimp did not have any shell, so it was a pleasure to just use your fork and put the tasty little shrimp in your mouth. The linguini was cooked perfectly “to the tooth”. There was more seafood than linguini.
Sandra and I ate it all, and used the pizza top to soak up the delicious broth left in the bowl.
We were back in the office in 1 hour, the service was so quick. I truly enjoyed myself during the time we were gone. I want to go back on Seafood Bisque Day – October 19th.