Friday, December 29, 2006

Restaurant Review: Boulettes Larder

I cannot lie. Winter break is here and gluttony is in the air. Well actually winter break is half way over and the gluttony is now perfected to an art. Whatever the case is, here is another restaurant review.

Cindy and Mel came up to San Jose (pronounced "hO-sey" as Cindy so perfected) last wee
k to visit. After taking 30 minutes to show them around our 'hood, Jessi and I brought them to a better
place, a place called San Francisco. We took the BART to the Embarcardero station, which is situated in the financial district of the city and more importantly, next to the Ferry Building, a mecca for foodies everywhere.

This was a first visit to the Ferry Building for all of us and we were astounded by the great number of specialty food stores offering high end chocolates, cheeses, olive oils and various other delectables. We perused around a b
it and finally decided on the restaurant Boulettes Larder for lunch.

Though every restaurant in the building looked fantastic, we finally settled on Boulettes because of the enticing aroma wafting from their open kitchen (see right). The whole of their restaurant consisted of a fully-staffed kitchen and a long adjacent table for guests. Eating at the long table was practically like eating in someone's home, where all the preparations were done just mere feet away from you! Or so I imagine. We actually sat just outside the restaurant at a table of four, which was still very good. Boulettes (meaning "little bowls"--awww) practices the philosophy of cooking with the freshest produce in season and (taken straight from their menu) "the ingredients [they] source are grown with principles that are respectful of taste, the environment and social justice." Wow. And we thought we were just getting lunch. (...Little did we know of the socioeconomic ramifications of our appetite!)

From left to right, top row first: romaine lettuce with radish salad, fennel asian pear and avocado salad, Acme bread (the La Brea counterpart in Norcal), and pulled pork sandwich. I ordered the pulled pork sandwich despite my usual aversion for pork. Instead of barbecue sauce (mmm), the meat was marinated in the restaurant's signature "pimenton de la vera", which I think, was a salt rub of some kind. In any event, the pork was tender, smoky and thoroughly tasty. I was immediated converted to a fan. All the other dishes we ordered were fresh and full of flavor. Social justice never tasted so good!

I would definitely go to Boulettes again--perhaps for brunch, since it is said to be very popular. Or
again for lunch since their menu changes daily.

Price: ~$14 a dish (w/o tax and tip)

Rating: 9/10 (delicious)

Boulettes Larder
1 Ferry Building Marketplace
San Francisco, CA 94111


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