State Bird Provisions
State Bird Provisions? What a wacky name for a restaurant, and even a San Francisco restaurant!! But, these guys have an ingenious concept, and the state bird, the quail, is always on the menu.
We met our friends there on Friday night. They are foodies as well, and their son is a sommelier locally, so they are always in the know about the San Francisco restaurant scene. You will need to make your reservation as far as 30 days in advance. State Bird Provisions fills up and stays full the entire evening.
The food is served dim-sum-style, meaning that small plates of food are carried around the restaurant for the diners to select. There are also 10 or so items on a menu to order. We started with fresh asparagus, served from the tray, with a pickled egg gribiche, topped with nuts and what the restaurant calls ‘bird seed'($7). The asparagus was perfectly cooked with just enough lemon to enhance its flavor.
Next on the tray was a kimchi pork belly with tofu and clams ($9). It was spicy, and the various textures melded well together. Our friend, Arnie, did a great job choosing the wine. We started with a German reisling which nicely countered the spices.
State Bird Provisions Wrap-Up
- Food - amazing
- Ambiance nothing special
- A few snooty waiters who grow impatient that you don't get it