Restaurant Reviews

Sauce: Belden

November 19, 2014

In celebration of my 1 year anniversary at my job, I was treated to lunch at Sauce: Belden. If you haven’t visited Belden street, you must! It’s a small street lined with restaurants; the outdoor seating is what makes this little oasis in the financial district so cute. It feels much more secluded and, although the restaurants get packed, it’s a nice, peaceful getaway from the office. This “strip” has a very European feel, with hostesses standing outside offering you menus and welcoming you in.

The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:

Winner.
Ambience was nice, dishes were great, and my mojito was done right. I would definitely go back again!

The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:

We had a reservation (although walk-in definitely seemed possible) and were seated right away.
Since we didn’t want to be directly in the sun, we were seated inside. The table was perfect, though, because it was right by the open window and we were secluded from the rest of the tables. The seating inside is made up of the bar, high tables and bar stools, or a mixture of stools and booths. The vibe inside is nice; I would like to go after work to see what kind of crowd gathers for drinks.

They also have a location in Hayes Valley and both are open until 2 a.m. (their Hayes Valley location, on Gough, is not open for lunch).

What we ate (and drank):

  • Deviled eggs ($8.50)
  • Portobello mushroom fries ($10.50)
  • Salmon ($22.50)
  • Cro-nuts ($7.50)
  • Mojito ($11)

Thoughts?

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Deviled eggs were not something I ever ate as a child, but I have definitely taken a liking to them recently. These eggs were your typical spiced deviled eggs (no crazy extras), but they were executed very well. Also, their bacon (which is apparently famous…they have a bowl of bacon on their menu) really added a nice salty, fatty taste.

Let me remind you that they serve comfort food, so throw whatever calorie counter you have out the window. The portobello mushroom fries sounded kind of interesting, but kind of weird. Although I ordered them, I was a bit skeptical and not sure what to expect. Boy am I glad I did; these were great! They are exactly what the name implies, mushrooms dipped in batter and then fried. I must say, though, that the batter was definitely seasoned with a little something extra, which knocked this dish out of the park. It’s served with Fat Boy ranch dipping sauce, which doesn’t taste like your typical ranch, it’s much creamier and a littler thicker. This dish had the ability to be over-salted, but it wasn’t, it was seasoned just right and was definitely one of the highlights of my meal. The mushroom was perfectly cooked, the flavor was just right and the sauce complemented it very well.

As a main dish, I ordered the salmon. You get a nice piece of salmon served over a bed of spinach with tomato, bacon and onion, all tossed in a horseradish and lemon dressing. I really enjoyed the salmon and thought it was cooked just long enough (it’s easy to overcook salmon, but Sauce really nailed it!). I loved the slivers of tomato because it made the whole dish feel fresh; however, I could’ve done with a little less bacon. I will note that the bacon on the salmon didn’t look crispy, it looked undercooked and fatty, but try it anyways because it’s actually really good. Let me also mention that I know horseradish is usually really strong, but to be honest, it was hard to even tell there was any in the dish. It flavored the salmon without announcing itself.

Now for the sweetest part of the meal…dessert! Before I tell you about Sauce’s cro-nuts, let me confess that I’ve never had cro-nuts before. That aside, these were delicious! I could definitely taste the croissant; the layer-y, buttery quality of a croissant makes this dish different from an ordinary doughnut. These were covered in cinnamon sugar and served with blueberries and a side of vanilla bourbon dipping sauce. The sauce was a perfect bath for my cro-nut and the blueberries were nice and ripe (I don’t like my blueberries tart). It was a delicious end to a great meal.

Oh and don’t forget to wash all of this down with a cocktail…or two. My mojito was fresh, minty and had just the right amount of sweetness to alcohol (for those who like their liquor, it was not too sweet and you could taste the alcohol, but not overwhelmingly so).

Make room for more tasty pleasures… tomorrow I will review an orgasmic SF lunch spot.

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