Try getting a last minute weekend reservation for six people at a restaurant in the Mission. You will likely get laughed at and told “we’re fully booked, but feel free to put your name down, the wait is looking like three hours.” Much to our surprise (and I have to think, a lot of luck), we were able to snag a spot at Beast and the Hare on Friday night. We sat on high bar stools in the center of the small and dimly light restaurant at a communal handcrafted wooden table. While you risk not getting in at all, I guess “last minute” can also get you the best table in the house.
Be warned: if you are vegetarian, this may not be the spot for you. It may, however, be the spot that convinces you to try life as a carnivore. The meat selection, presentation and taste was delicious. A long time fan of paté, exploring the house charcuterie platters was an adventure in itself (whipped rabbit, anyone?). If you are only going to get one thing on the menu, the bone marrow will not disappoint.
Our night’s selection:
Mission figs, lona, local honey and fresh mozzarella
Seared day boat scallops, romano bean, toasted almonds and tomato jam
Shiitake mushroom and bone marrow gratin with grilled toast
Lamb chop and carpaccio with white kidney beans
Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey Ice Cream
French Quarter Beignets with Orange Caramel
For anyone who enjoys ice cream in the slightest, you must get the Jack Daniel’s ice cream for dessert. I liken it to Humphry Slocombe‘s Secret Breakfast. Who needs whiskey or bourbon straight up when I get something even better in dessert form?
Beast and the Hare
1001 Guerrero Street
San Francisco, CA