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If you love deals, prix-fixe menus, and restaurants, you’re in luck: today is the first day of San Francisco Restaurant Week, which lasts from now until January 29. Over 120 restaurants participate in the event that takes place every January. It’s a way for eateries to entice diners to come in and enjoy a meal during the cold slower winter season. Most of the restaurants don’t offer prix-fixes, so they create a special menu—a two-course lunch and/or three-course dinner—just for the event.
For example, at Roka Akor, the upscale Japanese restaurant in Jackson Square, chef Roman Petry is serving up a delicious meal that features a selection of crudo, sashimi, and decadent entrees. Diners have the options of choosing between escolar tataki or yellowtail sashimi and yuzu miso black cod or wagyu sirloin with grilled bone marrow. The sashimi is the freshest fish from that day’s catch. It’s a scrumptious and satisfying meal that ends with a warm chocolate molten cake filled with almond caramel and plated with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The price of all this? Just $65.
Here are some other scrumptious sounding menu options. At 25 Lusk, the team is offering ahi tuna tartare or wild mushroom ravioli to start, raclette risotto, grilled prawns, or filet mignon for the main course, and lime posset or salted caramel swirled brownie for dessert. Diners can supplement the meal with a $10 local caviar and blini course. Central Kitchen is serving a five-course surprise menu of items that are not normally on the menu. There will be snacks from the kitchen’s larder, a selection of local seasonal vegetables, pasta, and a protein cooked on the hearth.
At Maybeck’s, down in the Marina, diners can experience an old-school menu of classics—think nostalgic dishes mom used to make. There is Maine lobster bisque, crispy fried chicken, or spaghetti and meatballs. In the mood for pasta or pizza in a lively and family-friendly atmosphere? Head to Tratto where you can choose between housemade spinach tagliatelle with meat sauce, pappardelle with tomatoes, sausage and kale pizza, or traditional Margherita pizza. Some of our other favorite eateries that are participating in SF Restaurant Week include Zero Zero, Wayfare Tavern, Waterbar, Spruce, Rambler, and Locanda. For the complete list, head to the Golden Gate Restuarant Association’s event page.