Eater SF included Zarzuela and Swan Oyster Depot in its list of 38 Essential San Francisco Restaurants, Zarzuela a newcomer to the oft-edited index this month. According to Eater, the “highly elite group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines and collectively, satisfies all of your restaurant needs, save for those occasions when you absolutely must spend half a paycheck.” Score one for Russian Hill! And one for Polk!
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Ground-breaking! Way to dig deep.
Lucas Gasco has been serving up superb Spanish food at this charming location for 15 years. His rustic Russian Hill restaurant features mostly small plates, but he breaks that tradition with excellent paella and a few other larger plates, including pork medallions in piquillo sauce. Top choices: shrimp sauteed with garlic; poached octopus; the restaurant’s namesake, zarzuela (seafood stew); and crema Catalana for dessert.
Last week, the SF Chronicle got down to the meat of tapas, bringing to light how the small plates have deviated from their original Mediterranean routes. In Spain, tapas are essentially just tiny appetizers, a precursor to dinner, and more about “strolling and snacking,” than filling your belly sharing a lot of little plates with pals, as Americans do.
In some towns, bars become known for their expert preparation of a particular tapa, so friends might meet at the venue famous for its sauteed mushrooms then walk to the place with the best ham and finally on to an establishment that does superb fried squid.
The article includes a “San Francisco tapas walk,” a list of five places to visit consecutively in one evening. Russian Hill’s Zarzuela (2000 Hyde at Union) didn’t make that list, but was recommended as another place to check out. I pass the restau on my weekday route, and have been meaning to check it out for the last two years. So with tapas on the brain this week, I finally made a visit . . . (more…)