Incanto – San Francisco, CA

Mission “Satisfy CL’s Cravings” is almost complete! Out of all the choices of restaurants to eat on her 4 day visit, the one that meant the most was eating at Incanto and we even saw Chef Consentino in action (although he did not look like he was having a good day at all and CL wanted a picture with him but that didn’t happen).

The restaurant was pretty empty when we got there at 6 but by the time we left at 830, it was pretty packed especially for a Monday night.

Menu is a simple one pager; half a dozen choices for each course: appetiser, pasta, meats and dessert.

We had:

Complimentary Bread

The same breads were served as previous trip: Rosemary Focaccia, Sour Dough and Parmesan Sticks served with Olive tapenade. I liked the Focaccia but was not impressed with the rest. The parmesan sticks were inconsistent, the one that was not burnt was really good but the rest were bitter.

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Grilled Sweetbreads w Pickled Buddha’s Hand Citron $16

This was the special of the day and the moment the server described it, we knew we had to order it. It was Delicious! I have never had sweetbreads (in any form) before being served this dish and it was actually very good! It was a little chewy (kinda like a softer beef tongue) and tender. Seasoned very well with a nice balance of sweet, citrus and salt.

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Spaghetti & Tuna Heart (Small) $11

The dish smells extremely fishy when it was placed in front of us, but once we got over the intense fish smell it was actually very good. Not very complex with simple flavours but seasoned well with al dente pasta.

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Hedgehog Mushrooms, Baby Chard & Snail Risotto (Small) $12

I was impressed with the portion size of the small version, it had over half a dozen pieces of snail and lots of mushrooms. I would never suggest ordering the large unless dining family style with more than 2 people.

The risotto was cooked well but was pretty heavy. I really liked the mushrooms and whole snails that is tender and gives the dish some additional texture. It was cheesey and seasoned well.

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Pork Tronchetto, Buddha’s Hand Citron salsa & Arugula $25

The pork was braised and then crisped up so the meat is melt in your mouth tender with nice layering of meat and fat with a very crispy skin. It was rich and savoury with the salsa and arugula balancing out all the grease. It was a very well executed and thought out dish.

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Dark Chocolate Cream, Milk Grantita & Espresso $9

This was the perfect way to end the meal. The dark chocolate cream was a smooth creamy mousse with a fudgey bottom layer topped with crushed espresso beans. The milk granita was interesting, because it looked just like the white cookie crumble beneath it so I was pleasantly surprised by the warm and cold bits that look exactly the same.

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Extras:
Mystery Flight
$15 – Generous pours of 3 Italian wines (1 white, 2 red).
Dessert Mystery Flight $16 – Generous pours of 3 dessert wines – 2 of them were sparkling and they were all delicious!!
Coffee $3.50 – They serve Mr. Espresso coffee and it was very good.

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Total Damage: $144 (including tax & tip)

Personal Rating: 3.5 (Very good)

My other visit to Incanto was during their annual Head to Tail dinner, which was good but a tad out of my comfort zone. This time around, we had the regular ala carte menu and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. All the dishes we tried we very good.

Service was a tad choppy; as nice as our server was he was quite absent. He almost seemed overwhelmed for the most part. Our meal took close to 2 hours, which is pretty long since we only had an appy, 2 mains and a dessert. There was a very long wait between dishes and waiting for the dessert was almost painful. Actually by the time our plates were cleared by someone, I did not get the dessert menu until a good 15 minutes later. I was glad for the good company otherwise I would have been quite cranky and more agitated with the long wait times.

I wouldn’t mind dining there if I was in the vicinity, but probably would not go out of my way to eat here.

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Incanto

1550 Church Street
San Francisco, CA 94131

(415) 641 4500

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