Eating out is infrequent these days, so when I do go out I want to make sure I am really going to enjoy my meal. This usually means sushi, because I can happily find something on the menu and not feel like I am settling. My husband gets tired of the same old same old so he went in search of a new dining experience. Well done, love!
Destino, was a great find with a gluten-free menu to boot. The menu has vegetarian, meat, seafood and shellfish options ensuring just about anyone can enjoy a meal there. They also have a full bar, another challenge to find in San Francisco due to the limited number of liquor licenses issued. The menu changes seasonally, so the menu pictured here will only be relevant until spring 2013.
When we arrived the restaurant was very full and lively. We were seated with two menus, one with all the offerings for my husband and a gluten-free menu for me. I was delighted! My menu, as you can see, was filled with lots of tasty sounding dishes. We opted to share the charcuterie to start. I then had a lovely piece of fish, Corvino sea bass. The skin on the fish was crispy and the flesh moist and flaky. It was served with a light, buttery sauce and simply prepared vegetables highlighting their fresh, seasonal quality. The vegetables were carrots, golden beets, fingerling potatoes and pea shoots.
My husband order the chile relleno and scallops, both also gluten-free. Since there were only two scallops, beautifully presented in a large scallop shell, I didn’t try them. The chile relleno I did taste, and it was fabulous! Instead of frying it, they bake it and serve it in a small cast iron pan, topped with guacamole and crema (Mexican sour cream). I’d consider sharing that as an appetizer next time. We passed on dessert, but there was a cheesecake with a gluten-free vanilla cookie crust for those of you who miss your cheesecake and don’t bake, chocolate mousse and Panna cotta.
This place was really delicious and not very expensive. I highly recommend it to any of my gluten-free friends and followers.
1815 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103