Plumpjack Café is tucked away in Union Street / Pacific Heights area neighborhood. It is a small intimate restaurant that offers outstanding
food and wines. Plumpjack Café only takes reservations place so make plans ahead of time.
On our visit, we had the summer lettuces for starter. The summer lettuce salad had a well balanced taste. It had summer lettuces, toasted
pine nuts, and fresh white sweet corn that complimented the vinaigrette dressing beautifully. Other appetizers included the following:
Brentwood White Corn Soup, Garlic Bruschetta, Sliced Vine Ripe Tomato Salad with caramelized onions, cherry confit and red wine jus, Caesar
Salad, Crab Cakes with endive and ruby grapefruite salad, and finally French Foie Gras with bing cherry and pistachio relish, aged cherry balsamico, and grilled
For our entrée, we had the wild Massachusetts Striped Bass which came with red bliss potatoes and baby carrots and Braised Oxtail with garlic
mashed potatoes, and mushroom. The portion of the bass was sufficient and tasted delicious. The braised oxtail was fantastic. It had a good flavor and the meat
literraly fell off the bones. It was tender and moist with succulent flavor. The mashed potatoes was a good match with the oxtail.
Other main courses included that evening (menu changes) were Risotto with shrimp, Roasted Chicken Breast with roasted potatoes, walla walla
onions, and tarragon jus, Roasted Duck, and Lamb.
They also have a variety of desserts each night. On our visit they we had the Fresh Berries Shortcake with almond biscotti and strawberry
sorbet. This shortcake was delicious! The strawberry sorbet was flavorful. Other desserts included a double soufflé, mint custard, devils food chocolate
cake, and a variety of flavors of sorbet.
Not only does the food taste excellent, but Plumpjack Café offers a nice ambeience as well. It is a small intimate restaurant with modern
décor. The table was simply decorated with a lit candle to enhance the mood lighting they have. You are greeted with a friendly host that walked you to your
seats. Plumpjack Café also has a wine steward since wines in another of their specialty. Their house wine is actually made by their vineyard. There is a wide
selection of bottled wines of every kind. Only some are available by the glass.
Parking is difficult in this area of San Francisco and Plumpjack Café does not offer valet parking but you may use the valet parking service
of the restaurant next door for $10. I would suggest taking a cab from your hotel.
Plumpjack Café is a place we go to for special occasions because they offer only the finest of foods. They also have a wine shop located down
the street. Their store offers a variety of fine wines.
Here is a sample menu:
Brentwood White Corn Soup Morel Brown Butter and Chives