Mike Berman’s Washington Watch

May 4, 2013 8:52 AM

Restaurant: sauce


131-135 Gough Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Debbie and I went with Julia to “sauce” for dinner. This is a somewhat unusual restaurant in that it has an eight-room guest house in which you can rent a single room or any combination, up to eight.

As you enter the restaurant you are in the bar area, which has six high stools and several high round tables with stools. To the left is a dining room that seats up to 40 people in combinations of 2, 4 and 6 seats. If you go back into and through the bar area, you come to a second dining room with its own bar. It has a neon sign over the hallway that announces the "sauce night club." It seats 34 people, including a number of 6s. On this particular evening the back dining room was empty.

The atmosphere is of an old neighborhood pub.

We started by sharing an order of Dungeness Crab Wontons - cream cheese, cilantro, green & red onion, gingered apple sweet and sour sauce.

Julia started with Braised Beef Sweet Gem Salad Cups - house burrata, basil roasted tomato garlic and shallot. Debbie and Mike selected the Baby Iceberg Wedge Salad - lettuce bowl filled with Point Reyes Blue Cheese, Roma Tomato, Red & Green Onion & Ranch topped with Crispy Bacon. (Iceberg Wedge salads are my favorite and this was the single best I have ever eaten.)

Julia's entree was Roasted Artichoke & Spinach Ravioli - Cremini Mushrooms, Fresh Mozzarella, Beet Tops, Kale, San Marzano Tomatoes, Fresh Herb and Reggiano.

Debbie went with an appetizer as her main course: Horseradish Crusted Shrimp - San Marzano Tomato Cocktail Sauce, Fresh Horseradish.

I opted for sauce's Fried Chicken - Breast & Wing w/Truffled Mushrooms & Green Beans, Whipped Potato & Pan Gravy.

For dessert we shared a Sauce Ice Cream Smash, a sundae of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce laced with whiskey, and a fresh-from-the-oven pear cobbler with vanilla ice cream.

There are two unisex restrooms. They would be classified as small, but neat. There is a single white ceramic commode, a small triangular white ceramic washbasin attached to the wall in a corner, red wall coloring, and a large framed mirror on each wall from waist to ceiling.

The service was excellent; fully attentive, but not clinging.

Parking is on the street.

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