July 6, 2009

Catching the Perfect Meal

About a year ago the long time San Francisco restaurant Fly Trap was purchased by Hoss Zaré and transformed into Zaré at Fly Trap. The new changes and cuisine were met with rave reviews and since that time it has been in the back of my mind to go and check it out.

This week I am flying to Hong Kong for a business trip, so before heading to the airport I decided to have dinner with my husband, Jonathan, at Zaré at Fly Trap. To enter the restaurant, you walk into a small alleyway patio filled with plants and flowers. Once inside the dining room we received a warm welcome and were led to a table by the window. The dining room is elegant, without being stuffy. It was six thirty in the evening when we arrived and the dining room was just beginning to fill up – an hour later the majority of the seats in the main dining room were filled with cheerful patrons.
The menu is Persian and everything sounded delicious. And this is a great place for vegetarians! In addition to several non-meat dishes on the regular menu, when requested the waiter will bring a vegetarian menu with more delectable sounding choices. I chose the vegetarian kufteh – basically a “meatball” made of beans, mushrooms, dried fruit, garlic, and many other yummy ingredients served on a seven spice emulsion with mediterranean avocado salsa. It was rich and fabulous! Jonathan ordered the bone marrow and the filet mignon, both of which he enjoyed immensely. I also had a side of yummy french fries with saffron aioli. To end the meal we had mint tea and yogurt panna cotta with honey.

The entire meal with perfect! The food was rich and flavorful and the service was excellent. Chef Zaré assisted the waiters delivering food to diners and checked to see that each of his guests were enjoying the meal. Zaré at Fly Trap is now a new favorite dinner spot for me! I am cannot wait to go again soon!


Bethany said...

I love that they have a "secret" menu for the vegetarians! How cool! It sounded wonderful.

Judy said...

THAT one sure sounds good!