Updated: Oct 1, 2020
"Step inside The Vault Garden, an outdoor oasis in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Named San Francisco's Safest Dining by the SF Chronicle, experience the Garden for dinner and drinks in a socially responsible atmosphere."
Pictured above is left of the entrance to The Vault Garden where we sat under the canopy to have dinner on a Thursday evening. The host asked if we wanted somewhere with a breeze or a more covered seating. I tend to run cold so covered canopy it was! Plus they had BLANKETS. I'm sucker for options especially cozy ones that keep me warm so that extra option alone immediately won me over lol
Embroidered cozy blanket just incase you get a little chilly with the SF wind and need that extra warmth along with the outdoor heater.
Okay, Lets get down to more of the good stuff -
Sat down and was promptly given a paper menu with a QR code for a choice of a contactless menu then some sparkingly wine was delivered as we went over what to eat for the evening - props to the bf for ordering the drinks beforehand as he knows I love the bubbly 👏
Nonetheless, additonal drinks were ordered. The white creamy drink called "Unspoiled Saba" contained three rums, greek mint, coconut milk, pineapple gomme and lime. Can you say "YUM!" this definitely hit my tastebuds in all the right places. I am usually a tequila drinker, but decided to switch it up because the second drink, "Zocalo" with the orangey, pinkish color contained mezcal which is not my favorite due to its smokey nature. Along with the mezcal it had strawberry, yuzu, and lychee black tea. Bf ordered it anyways so I could have a taste. It was good until that smokey flavor took over my palate. Not my thing, but if it is your thing then you'll enjoy it!
For starters we ordered the "Oysters on the Halfshell" with yuzo kosho mignonette and "Bianca Murgia Burrata" which was a roasted eggplant caponata, jimmy nardello, with sourdough toast. Safe to say if you like oysters then you'll like the oysters lol best small sized for one single slurp! When the eggplant burrata came out with the bread I got a little nervous because it looked burnt. I prefer my bread warm, slightly crunchy with a soft center and from the looks of it I got the impression of sad burnt toast, but 'don't judge a book by its cover' they say! To my surprise the bread was exactly how I like it and OMG topped with the eggplant and burratta we couldn't stop saying "this is so good" until the last bite.
The MAINS - I ordered the "Miso-Glazed Black Cod" with rice porridge, truffle, bok choy, shitake mushroom, ginger and scallions. I call myself a "flexitarian" since I am not super strict with my diet. I tend to lean to a vegetarian lifestyle, but will add fish more so than meat when out. My boyfriend however, total meat eater although, he is becoming more conscious about his intake and is taking a liking to my vegetarian homecooked meals 😊 That being said he went for the "Slow Cooked Beef Short Rib" with chanterelle, blue lake beans and smoked fingerling potatoes. Because of our unrestricted diets, we had to taste eachothers plates and the winner was..... the Miso-Glazed Black Cod! *evil laugh* There was just sooo much more flavor and texture to my plate than his. Not that his was bad per say, but mine was definitely better of the two hehe.
Lastly, we have dessert! Always my favorite and never left out, we decided to go with the "Strawberry Shortcake" a japanese sponge cake, shiso cremeux, and black sesame. And honestly, it did not wow me as much as I hoped 😕 The sponge cake was not very spongey and was more like a hard, sweeter cruton. I mean I still love dessert, but next time I'll have to go for either the "Raseberry Beignets" or "Chocolate Budino"
Till next time ~ M
(excuse my poor lit photos! I did my best under the lighting circumstance and beginner editing skills)