Busy-ish day of work today. Had to make up for my lack of work on Monday and yesterday with the root canal. Dan and I had a fun evening planned… the folks over at Chaya offered to treat Dan and I to a 3-course dinner. Part of the partnership with MT, but also, I’m sure, as a food and travel writer.
I really love the ambiance at Chaya. It’s right on the Embarcadero. Romantic views of the Bay and the Bay Bridge. They had us set up in a nice, private and quiet table in the corner, with views of the whole restaurant, and the Bridge. They started be off with some sushi and a Sancere. Yum to both. The salmon and yellowtail just melted in my mouth. Dan, not being a sushi fan, had short ribs over risotto, that he absolutely loved. Fell right off the bone.
Next we had a mixed plate of duck on one side and a fillet on the other. That was probably the best duck I’ve had in a long time. It was cooked to perfection. And served with delicious Swiss chard. I had two different wine pairings. A David Bruce pinot to go with the duck and a lovely Syrah to pair with the filet.
Dessert was next up. An unbelievable chocolate bread pudding with caramel ice cream. And the second was a cookie/ice cream combo. Tiny oatmeal cookies with salted caramel ice cream sandwiched in between. I had to pinch myself… heaven.