Friday, April 12, 2013

San Francisco: Pasión & Sakura

Pasión  737 Irving St./9th Ave., Inner Sunset District, (415) 742-5727. L M-F, D daily, Sat-SunBr; $$$.  Reservations advised.  Peruvian-style cuisine with complex sauces dominate the menu in this sleek, sophisticated restaurant furnished with dark wood tables and chairs softened by a few comfy banquettes.  Floors are polished grey cement, and large windows provide views to the street.  As would be expected, the menu offers a bevy of ceviches (my favorite is the scrumptious cooked lobster version with mango and avocado) and a raw oyster bar.  Appetizers include conchitas (seared wild scallops from Maine topped with a sweet plantain tostone and colorful cilantro mojito sauce), albondigas (lamb meatballs in a creamy sherry-truffle sauce topped with fresno peppers), and duck empanadas.  Entrees include a paella and traditional lomito saltado stir-fry of sirloin steak strips,  tomatoes, and onions plus a side of french fries.  Among the desserts are moist tres leches cake and chocolate-coconut bread pudding.  Pisco drinks are a house specialty (I loved the traditional pisco sour with a swirl of bitters in the foam), and sangria is an option.



    Before or after, enjoy a pleasant stroll along busy Irving Street and browse the shops.  One of my favorites is Sakura (936 Irving St./10th Ave. (415) 665-5064.  Daily 10:30am-7pm.), a small shop that sells Japanese household items and foods.  I picked up a big bag of rice crackers like they serve in nearby Golden Gate Park’s Japanese Tea Garden, some wasabi-covered hard green pea snacks, and a box of guava cookies from Kauai.
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