1760 Polk Street (At Washington)
San Francisco, CA 94109
Why did we dine here? – 1760 is a New American restaurant from Giancarlo Paterlini and Suzette Gresham who run Italian powerhouse Acquerello. Named for its street address, this place has received some positive press and coupled with their pedigree, it was an easy decision to give it a try. Far more casual than their other restaurant, this place has industrial modern decor and even has a long communal table. A long narrow bar is situated on one wall. This space has housed many restaurants over the years including the good old Rendezvous cafe.
1760 focuses on ingredient-driven modern food that is more casual and less fine dining oriented.
Insider Tip – Make reservations
Cuisine – New American
Location – Nob Hill, Polk Gulch San Francisco
Opened – Summer 2013
Service – 1760 had very good service
Verdict – 1760 serves up innovative modern food that hits the mark. They remind us of a less modern Outerlands, but still possessing the inventive ness. Clearly the Italian heritage comes through in the top notch pasta. The food quantity is on the low side, so beware of this. You will need to order a lot to fill up.
1760 Signature Dishes – Raviloi, duck sandwich.
1760’s Menu changes often. It consists of 13 small plates and 3 desserts. Very concise, not many dessert options or vegetarian selections. We’d recommend roughly 3-4 items per person, making it not cheap.
1760 Food Picks:
Strawberry Shurb ($12) strawberry, herbs, honey-viognier vinegar, vermouth, Strega vodka was smooth, sweet, and well balanced. Hidden alcohol equals a fast buzz.
Amuse Compressed Green Melon was a fun somewhat flavorful starting bite.
Dungeness crab. watermelon gazpacho. finger lime. sea grass ($15) made for a unique combination. Lots of shreds of fresh crab along with a subdued soup and some crunchy bits. Texture and flavor diversity.
Lobster ceviche. caramelized coconut. pineapple. coriander ($16) was another study in contrasts. Decadent lobster with avocado and sweet elements. Sweet savor action was present here.
Grilled pork belly. Gigante beans. radicchio slaw. carrots ($19) was fatty as heck. Good flavor and a strong contrast between the fat and the slaw. Pretty liberal with the pork, but prices are on the high side for this dish.
Bucatini. uni. garlic. red pepper. bread crumb ($19) was our favorite pasta. Extremely al dente, which is rare in the USA. Silky smooth uni contrasted nicely with the thick eggless noodles.
Cavatelli. vinegar-braised pork. scorched tomato. Parmesan ($17) was another homemade eggless pasta. Plump little round bee like pieces in a traditional tomato sauce. Topped with lots of cheese.
Peanut Butter Panna Cotta ($8) berry jam, milk crumb was a strong willed custard. Robust jam flavors and peanut butter dominated this dish. A panna cotta unlike any other we’ve tasted.
Milk chocolate ganache. hickory ice cream. bourbon caramel. marshmallow ($9) was beautiful minamilist dessert with rich chocolate, graham cracker crumbs and some interesting ice cream. Couldn’t taste the liquor flavor much though.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
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