For too long, Alembic’s excellent food has sometimes been glanced over given its decade-long reputation as a cocktail bar. With new chef Rachel Aronow (formerly of 3rd Cousin), it’s time again to consider why Alembic is as much a draw for the food as drink. Her house charcuterie is above and beyond the typical as she raises animals in her native Sonoma, uses local beer in the curing process or ages her own bresaola and Southern-style tasso ham. A ballsy fennel-centric dish unexpectedly wows poached in dry vermouth, partnered with caraway confit, citrus, Marcona almonds and a cool cucumber-Benham Gin sorbet. As Aronow’s vegetable dishes shine, so do the likes of truffled scallop succotash, laced with golden corn puree, padron peppers, delicata squash, cornito rojo peppers and shaved Burgundy truffle.
|Venue name:||The Alembic||Contact:|
1725 Haight St
|Cross street:||at Cole St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 4pm–2am; Sat–Sun noon–2am|
|Transport:||Metro to Carl and Cole/bus 7 or 71|
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