November 21, 2019

San Francisco: Campton Place Restaurant; restaurant review and Staycation itinerary


San Francisco

Downstairs off the lobby of Taj Campton Place San Francisco hotel at Union Square, Campton Place Restaurant serves breakfast and dinner daily, as well as brunch on the weekend.

entrance to dining room at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California
entrance to dining room at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California


Executive Chef Srijith Gopinathan has earned two Michelin stars by using refined techniques and unexpected flavor combinations.  His Cal-Indian cuisine blends California’s hyper-fresh produce with the complexity of Indian spices, and he tosses in some French style.  Campton Place Restaurant is recognized as the only Indian-influenced restaurant in the Western Hemisphere and Europe to obtain this honorable designation.  With a bank of comfortable booths and plenty of colorful fresh flowers, this lovely restaurant is the perfect spot for a celebration.  It even provides little cushions on which ladies can rest their purses.

purse cushions in dining room at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California
purse cushions in dining room at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California



Here is a reenactment of the over-the-top brunch I enjoyed.

Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Champagne at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California
Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Champagne
at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California

Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Champagne at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California
Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Champagne
at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California

green froth of arugula, green apple, and avocado--a light, refreshing, and cool palate cleanser with flavors burst in the mouth at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California
green froth of arugula, green apple, and avocado--
a light, refreshing, and cool palate cleanser with flavors burst in the mouth
at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California

tiny ricotta and black bean vada--light as a beignet, and served with curry leaf chutney at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California
tiny ricotta and black bean vada--light as a beignet, and served with curry leaf chutney
at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California

hot sauce made special to our taste by the chef, who heard from the waiter that we like hot foods at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California
hot sauce made special to our taste by the chef, who heard from the waiter that we like hot foods
at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California

“Chips and Eggs”--ultra thin, delicate Kennebec chips, with Greek yoghurt aioli and two kinds of smoked trout roe  at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California
“Chips and Eggs”--
ultra thin, delicate Kennebec chips, with Greek yoghurt aioli and two kinds of smoked trout roe 
at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California

charred Shisito peppers with roasted garlic and togarashi (we had to be careful--every 6 to 8 of these peppers are super spicey-hot) at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California
charred Shisito peppers with roasted garlic and togarashi
(we had to be careful--every 6 to 8 of these peppers are super spicey-hot)
at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California

signature hot round naan buns made in the tandoor oven (they look like bagels), plus homemade butter and precious Australian black truffle at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California
signature hot round naan buns made in the tandoor oven (they look like bagels),
plus homemade butter and precious Australian black truffle
at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California

hamachi crudo (raw fish) plus masala yogurt sauce with jalapeno, melon, radish, blood orange  and   heirloom cucumber salad with grilled peaches, feta, black salt, summer relish and puffed poha (beaten rice) at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California
hamachi crudo (raw fish) plus masala yogurt sauce with jalapeno, melon, radish, blood orange
  and
heirloom cucumber salad with grilled peaches, feta, black salt, summer relish
and puffed poha (beaten rice)
at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California

delicious floral Turnbull Sauvignon Blanc wine at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California
delicious floral Turnbull Sauvignon Blanc wine
at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California

dry O’Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon with black cherry notes at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California
dry O’Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon with black cherry notes
at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California

roasted New York steak with sweet corn mousse, mitake mushrooms, truffle jus, and charred scallions at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California
roasted New York steak with sweet corn mousse, mitake mushrooms, truffle jus,
and charred scallions
at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California

delicate gulf prawns in coconut curry with papadam squares and stone fruit chutney at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California
delicate gulf prawns in coconut curry with papadam squares and stone fruit chutney
at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California

Figs and Verbena:  black mission figs  with pistachio and lemon-verbena ice cream   and  elderberry cheesecake with lychee-elderberry glaze and strawberry-vanilla ice cream at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California
Figs and Verbena:  black mission figs  with pistachio and lemon-verbena ice cream 
and 
elderberry cheesecake with lychee-elderberry glaze and strawberry-vanilla ice cream
with chai
at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California

Langetwins Moscato dessert wine at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California
Langetwins Moscato dessert wine
at Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, California
Campton Place Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


This feast was extraordinary.  It is a pleasure even now reliving it through photos.  And it must be said that the waiter, Luke Morrison, added panache to the event.

The more casual Bistro and Bar also is serviced by the same kitchen, but does not take reservations.


Suggestion for a full 24-hour Staycation:
●lunch at Cafe de la Presse 
gallery hopping
●check in to hotel
shopping around Union Square
●dinner at Sanraku
next day
●breakfast (or weekend brunch) in hotel
●check out of hotel



Things to do around Union Square.

More things to do in San Francisco.

Way more things to do in San Francisco.

More ideas for exploring Northern California.

images ©2019 Carole Terwilliger Meyers


November 19, 2019

San Francisco: Taj Campton Place San Francisco; hotel review


San Francisco

Taj Campton Place San Francisco  340 Stockton St./Sutter St., just off Union Square.  15 stories; 110 rooms.  2 restaurants.  Fitness room.  Valet parking.

exterior of Taj Campton Place San Francisco
exterior of Taj Campton Place San Francisco 

This elegant, low-key hotel is in a perfect location just off Union Square.  Fine art from nearby Meyerovich Gallery decorates the lobby and restaurants, and a seating area is enhanced with exceptional floral arrangements.  Guest rooms are decorated in beige and white colors with silver-shaded drapes and accented with blond-wood furniture and Asian touches.  Smooth ironed white sheets cover the duvet and bed.  Some suites offer a window seat overlooking the Apple store and Union Square, plus a big bathtub for which you can order up fresh red rose petals and fine bath salts to sprinkle upon the water.  Coffee and pastry is provided in the lobby each morning, and a local newspaper is available from the concierge.  Staff will walk dogs at no additional charge.  We brought our overnight items in backpacks, and turned this into a quick staycation.


lobby of Taj Campton Place San Francisco
lobby of Taj Campton Place San Francisco 


suite at Taj Campton Place San Francisco
suite at Taj Campton Place San Francisco 


guest room bed at Taj Campton Place San Francisco
guest room bed at Taj Campton Place San Francisco


red rose petals ready for a bath at Taj Campton Place San Francisco
red rose petals ready for a bath at Taj Campton Place San Francisco


toes ready to submerge in a red rose petals bath at Taj Campton Place San Francisco
toes ready to submerge in a red rose petals bath at Taj Campton Place San Francisco

More traveling toes.


view of Union Square from guest room at Taj Campton Place San Francisco
view of Union Square from guest room at Taj Campton Place San Francisco


Sunday morning in guest room at Taj Campton Place San Francisco
Sunday morning in guest room at Taj Campton Place San Francisco


backpacks turned our visit to Taj Campton Place San Francisco into a staycation
backpacks turned our visit to Taj Campton Place San Francisco into a staycation


Downstairs off the lobby, Campton Place Restaurant serves breakfast and dinner daily, as well as brunch on the weekend.  Executive Chef Srijith Gopinathan has earned two Michelin stars.


Suggestion for a full 24-hour Staycation:
●lunch at Cafe de la Presse
gallery hopping
●check in to hotel
shopping around Union Square
●dinner at Sanraku
next day
●breakfast (or weekend brunch) in hotel
●check out of hotel


Things to do around Union Square.

More things to do in San Francisco.

Way more things to do in San Francisco.

More ideas for exploring Northern California.

images ©2019 Carole Terwilliger Meyers