Review: Bar Tartine.

Another popular restaurant in the Mission District in San Francisco is Bar Tartine, just a few blocks away from the famous Tartine Bakery (read my review here).

The food at Bar Tartine is hard to categorize to a single cuisine since their menu has influences from all over the world. Their main focus is showcasing local seasonal produce as well as utilizing their house made fermented and pickled items. For dinner you can either order their prix fixe menu shared family style or order à la carte. Since I wanted the whole Bar Tartine experience, I decided to get the prix fixe menu.

Rye Bread with Carrot Yogurt Wasabi Dip (7/10).

Rye Bread with Carrot Yogurt Wasabi Dip (7/10).

Farmer's Cheese Dumpling with Corn Sauce (9/10).

Farmer’s Cheese Dumpling with Corn Sauce (9/10).

Chilled Plum Soup with Noyaux (6/10).

Chilled Plum Soup with Noyaux (6/10).

Warm Radishes with Bottarga Butter (8.5/10).

Warm Radishes with Bottarga Butter (8.5/10).

Albacore Tuna with Squash (7.5/10).

Albacore Tuna with Squash (7.5/10).

Dill Brine Pickles (6/10).

Dill Brine Pickles (5/10).

Beef Tartare Toast with Tonnato Sauce and Dried Beef (8.5/10).

Beef Tartare Toast with Tonnato Sauce and Dried Beef (8.5/10).

Green Beans with Eggplant and Sunflower Tahini (7/10).

Green Beans with Eggplant and Sunflower Tahini (7/10).

Black Cod with Chanterelle Mushrooms and Fennel (7/10).

Black Cod with Chanterelle Mushrooms and Fennel (7/10).

Tomato Salad with Brined Cheese and Croutons (7/10).

Tomato Salad with Brined Cheese and Croutons (6/10).

Sprouted Lentil Croquettes with Beets and Mung Shoots (7.5/10).

Sprouted Lentil Croquettes with Beets and Mung Shoots (7/10).

Lamb Sausage with Grilled Cucumbers and Padron Peppers (8/10).

Lamb Sausage with Grilled Cucumbers and Padron Peppers (8/10).

Stuffed Dates with Buckwheat, Caraway, and Preserved Citrus (7/10).

Stuffed Dates with Buckwheat, Caraway, and Preserved Citrus (7/10).

Farmer's Cheesecake with Strawberries, Whey Caramel, and Sesame Tuille (5/10).

Farmer’s Cheesecake with Strawberries, Whey Caramel, and Sesame Tuile (5/10).

Bar Tartine’s price fix menu is fun and unique but I felt a few dishes fell short in flavor. My favorite dishes of the meal were the cheese dumpling, warm radishes, steak tartare toast, and lamb sausage. Without a doubt the best dish of the night was the farmer’s cheese dumpling; creamy cheese dumpling swimming in a luscious sweet corn sauce with fresh corn kernels. A real winner. Next, a classic dish of radishes with butter was amped up with bottarga (dried mullet roe). The steak tartare toast was super tasty with tonnato sauce (a classic Italian tuna sauce) and dried beef shavings on top. Lastly, the lamb sausage was juicy with tons of aromatics served with smoky grilled cucumbers and spicy padron peppers. One of Bar Tartine’s signature dishes, the smoked potatoes with black garlic, wasn’t on the price fix menu so I definitely need to return to order that.

Overall, I enjoyed most of the dishes at Bar Tartine so my rating is a 7.5/10.

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