Gary Danko Reviews
Added by: RobertG About 3 years agoOverall rating
Gary Danko is without a doubt one of the best restaurants in San Francisco, and they won me over just one course into my meal. My boyfriend brought me on my birthday and it's the ideal place for a celebratory meal. The meal began with an amuse bouche, which was a tomato gazpacho with a drizzle of olive oil on top. The cool, light soup was exactly what wakes up your palate and prepares your stomach for the rest of the meal. The bread that they constantly refill your plate with also ends up being a great tool to sop up whatever leftover sauce you have on your plate that's too good to go to waste. We went with the four-course option, so I chose the risotto as my appetizer. I have never had such amazing risotto before, with generous chunks of dungeness crab and gulf shrimp tossed throughout. The shimeji mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, and corn added an earthy flavor that cut the creaminess of the dish. I could've eaten a giant bowl of this risotto and been happy. To maximize my dollar, I went with two entrees. The first was the roasted Maine lobster with chanterelles and corn on top of a potato puree. First of all, the potato puree was smoother than mashed potatoes, but full of pure potato flavor rather than the creaminess of mashed potatoes. The lobster couldn't have been cooked more perfectly, and everything was seasoned just right. The addition of the corn and chanterelles once again added the earthy flavor that cut the decadence of the dish. My second entree was the pan seared bass with arugula pesto. The fish had a great crisp on the outside, while still staying flaky on the outside. I loved that the pesto still allowed the arugula taste to come through, and the herbed gnocchi literally melted in my mouth. Dessert at Gary Danko is the most indulgent part of the meal. In addition to whichever dessert you may order, they include a sampling platter of mini desserts. It includes a lemon bar, coconut macaron, brownie, and pecan bar among others. But whatever you do, do not miss out on the warm Louisiana butter cake. The sheer size of it is enough to blow your mind, but the cake itself is any sweet tooth's dream. The cake is dense, with a cakey interior but a slightly sticky and almost streusel-like top. It's covered with peaches and then served with a huckleberry compote that adds the slight sourness to cut the sweetness of the cake. If you were to eat the entire cake in one sitting, it may be a little overly sweet, but somehow taking a bite of that melting vanilla bean ice cream is the solution that cures the heaviness. Before you leave, they present you with a pineapple breakfast cake to take home. At this point, you don't want to think about food anymore, but it's amazing to still be able to relive the memory of the Gary Danko experience the next morning. I have nothing negative to say about Gary Danko, and everyone needs to try it at some point in their lives.