Monday, March 4, 2013

La Fusion Restaurant - San Francisco

La Fusion Restaurant - 475 Pine Street, San Francisco.  It is located in the Financial District of San Francisco so there are no other eateries located around this establishment.  It is lonely at night and this area does not stand out so do not be surprised by the location just go and enjoy.  Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30 am - 3 pm; Dinner Mon-Sat 5 pm - 10 pm. CLOSED SUNDAY.  Even the Chef needs a break once and awhile.
La Fusion is a blend of Latino Nuevo cooking.  It marries Latin cooking with American flare.  The restaurant only serves about 30 guests at one time but the experienced staff and the management work well together to keep the patrons happy and coming back.  There are tea lights on the tables and a modern costmary atmosphere.   At first glance you may think that this place serves small portions but I assure you the portions are quite filling and there are always leftovers.  The price is worth the menu selections. It is not cheap but it is not expensive either.  So those who complain are just not use to good food. 

The Fried Empanadas are served with huacatay and piquillo pepper aioli.  They are served warm and a taste explosion.  I recommend the seafood and vegetable empanadas. They are light but be careful because they are still filling.  I should have only eaten half my portion but I could not stop eating it became an addiction.  But that’s ok I still made room for my entrée and dessert. 

This establishment is known for its Truffle Mac and Cheese and it does not disappoint.  It is so easy to be heavy handed with the truffle but the chef here knows how to handle that ingredient.  The cheese was so creamy.  There were no lumps just pasta done right with truffle and cheese.  It definitely was not Kraft Mac and Cheese. Just a side bar if you go you have to at least sample the Truffle Mac and Cheese without doing so it is like going to San Francisco and NOT seeing the Golden Gate Bridge.  So do yourself a favor and order a side of Truffle Mac and Cheese.

I had to indulge in the Arroz con Pollo just because of the cilantro rice.  The chicken was tender and juicy.  The chicken skin was crisp and light with so many flavors in every bite.   It fell right off the bone.  Many places refuse to add cilantro as an ingredient and only use it as a garnishment.  It was nice to see it used correctly and with a heavy hand. 

Praise must be given to the dishes and the staff.  My hat is off to Chef Enrique Urrutia.  Four Forks Up the food and service was impeccable.  This is not a place to take children. I will be coming here more often.  If you are staying in San Francisco for a weekend I recommend this place as a stop on your itinerary.  

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