October 28, 2004 - Restaurant Review - Joanne

Hawthorne Lane
22 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 777-9779

With no reservations, we were seated immediately at about 7:30. Our waitress was surly. Not really sure why. On this occasion, we experienced the worst service ever at this restaurant. (This was our fourth visit.)

We ordered the 1999 Corbieres du Boncaillou - Vignerons Villesque $63.
Although young, it was quite appealing but would be best at least five years from now.

Sonoma Foie Gras BLT with watermelon rind pickes $15
The pickles were YUM. The brioche perfectly cooked and puffy.

Duck Buns $9.80
Jack didn’t like them. The buns were bland.

Tempura Green Beans $6.50
The sweet and sour sauce too mustardy even for me. They were crunchy but on the too greasy side.

Lamb Shanks with Quince paste, Pomegranite and Butternut Squash $?
The Butternut Squash was a foam/puree and was exemplary.

Parpadelle with Veal Meatballs $22
Comfort food. Very tasty.

Dessert to go - I’m a huge fan of Hawthorne Lane’s desserts and we ordered the selection of mignardises to go. They were a hit with the babysitters and us. The sundae on the menu is always fantastic whether it be carmelized bananas or peanuts.

With crappy service (dessert took forever – longer than the bill) the dinner was less than perfect. Hawthorne Lane, however, has a great seasonal menu that seems to really reflect what’s “In Season” and the food is prepared in a way that it makes it very appetizing to us. We can’t not like this place and it’s absolutely a haven if you are stranded at Moscone, as it’s an easy walk to a fantastic business lunch or dinner, or a quick bite or cocktail at the bar.

(I still regret not talking to the manager about the terrible service. - Jack)

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