Too often, my friends and I go to another restaurant for dessert after dinner. We make a pact to keep this a secret…well….just because…it’s embarrassing how much we could put away.The night at South Food was no expectation, after eating 7 course beef at Pagolac , smacking our lips together we agreed a nightcap of dessert is necessary. We made our way to Townsend's street where the rumbling of the ground equals the train making a stop across the street.
The restaurant is small with maybe a 40 people occupancy and a bar. There was 3 people running the floor total. Our Australian accent waiter was also our bartender, host and busser. I choose South for dessert because #69 Licorice parfait is on 7x7 Magazine 100 Things to try before you die and the menu didn’t look interesting enough for dinner.I’m glad we came for dessert as everything was superb and it changed my mind about coming here for dinner.
The $8 licorice parfait was wonderful. The dessert was more a semi freddo tinted a light gray and hinted lightly of licorice. The parfait was dressed with finely julienned lime rinds, a generously pour of lime simple syrup and wedges of fresh lime. The dessert was wonderful because it was uniquely different from the usual suspects. I’m thinking about the cool sourly licorice parfait as I type.
The $10 Chocolate Mousse with strawberry ice cream and macadamia nuts was fluffy and not too sweet. The ice cream was scooped in a ball versus the shape of a quenelle used at every restaurant. Speaking of usual suspect, the chocolate mousse is part of the police line up and done well.
I’m a fan of meringue: lemon meringue pie, meringue cookies, baked Alaska* and pavlova. The last two rarely seen on menus so I was anxiously waiting for the $9 Pavlova with white peach, blueberry coulis and gelee to arrive. The pavlova was stiff with the inside sticky and wrap it up with the fresh fruits and texture of gelee I was dizzy from happiness.
*La Folie makes an amazing peach melba baked Alaska.
South Food + Wine Bar
330 Townsend St
San Francisco, CA 94107
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