The Alembic

Bars, Cocktail bars Upper Haight
4 out of 5 stars
The Alembic
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/ Jennifer Yin Alembic

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.

By: Virginia Miller


Venue name: The Alembic
Address: 1725 Haight St
San Francisco
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
Price: $20–$25
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I had two completely different cocktails here and they were equally amazing.  The Mount Aso is an incredibly refreshing drink (perfect for the warm weather) and the One-Eyed Jack will make you want to post up on a beach immediately. My one regret is that I didn't get the chance to eat here - something I'll definitely do the next time I'm there.