State Bird Provisions, San Francisco, 3/6/14

IMG_5381This is a hot ticket in SF right now taking few reservations and mostly seating those who line up each night. One amazing part of that is that there is now outside sign nor street number to mark the place, just the window into the kitchen – but it seems to work. The premise is a “dim sum” like experience with a few items on the main menu and the rest are specials of the night passed around on trays and carts.

line to get in
line to get in

You pick or order what you want. Most are sized for sharing but many were sized for large tables which meant we had to leave a lot on plates in order to try enough things. Some interesting flavor combinations and few standouts like the pork riblets and tres leeches but some that fell short like the duck pancake and cauliflower. It’s a fun concept and all the servers were very friendly but I think it’ll need some tweaking to make the hype last.

interior
interior
Menu
Menu
Guinea hen dumpling with aromatic broth
Guinea hen dumpling with aromatic broth
Spicy pork riblets glazed in their own juices
Spicy pork riblets glazed in their own juices
Bacon chawanmushi - cheese custard with chilies
Bacon chawanmushi – cheese custard with chilies
CA state bird with provisions -1/2 quail
CA state bird with provisions -1/2 quail
Duck ham-pecan pancake with chicories and hachiya persimmon mustard
Duck ham-pecan pancake with chicories and hachiya persimmon mustard
Grilled asparagus with gribiche
Grilled asparagus with gribiche
Duck liver mousse with almond biscuit
Duck liver mousse with almond biscuit
Garlic fry bread with burrata
Garlic fry bread with burrata
Roasted bone marrow with mushrooms and pink peppercorns
Roasted bone marrow with mushrooms and pink peppercorns
Spicy fried cauliflower with bayley hazen blue cheese
Spicy fried cauliflower with bayley hazen blue cheese
wine
wine
wine back
wine back
Guava tres leches, chevre creme fraiche, rhubarb and pistachio
Guava tres leches, chevre creme fraiche, rhubarb and pistachio
Spiced cocoa nib ‘ice cream’ sandwich, black pepper pecans, plum fudge
Spiced cocoa nib ‘ice cream’ sandwich, black pepper pecans, plum fudge
kitchen
kitchen
window looking out to street
window looking out to street

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