August 22, 2008

Just Peachy

We had a good time at Zuni Cafe on our last trip back to SF. The food was a bit pricey, but for the atmosphere, service, and food we received it felt like a fair value. Unfortunately we were too full for dessert, so we missed out on the famous espresso granita and the fresh fruit selection.

Well, that was too bad. Summer-time means fresh stone-fruits in California. So it's no surprise that Zuni's latest offering, for $4.50, is a nectarine:
Nectarine at Zuni

Yep, a Blossom Bluff nectarine on a plate, with a steak knife on the side should you decide to get all dainty about it. No fancy preparations here. Hopefully they've washed it in the kitchen, at least, but couldn't have they put it on a bowl so it wouldn't roll around? Apparently even cutting the nectarine into slices would be too much of a desecration of the sacred ingredient. I mean, even the worst hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant would offer some sliced oranges at the end of a sit-down meal, for free, at that.

Seems a bit too emperors-new-clothes to me. On the other hand, we're plenty used to having fruit for dessert at home, so it's not all a bad idea. Maybe we'll try the fresh-fruit dessert next time we get to Chez Panisse.

Posted by mikewang on 02:02 PM