There is one thing I really appreciate about supper clubs which is getting to know strangers while enjoying a a meal that lasts for several hours. When you have one partner and you’re constantly going out to restaurants together, it can get tiresome having the same conversations over and over. The discussion gets stale. But when you’re meeting new people and hearing what they do for a living, why they’re dining with a supper club, what got them interested in food, then the meal takes on a unique perspective.
We did Stag Dining‘s Dogpatch Dinner this weekend. $85 for a five-course meal and $25 for the wine pairing. I liked two of the five menu items which is unfortunate considering the dinner was so expensive. I can get a tasting menu at any of the top SF restaurants for that amount of money!
Here’s what we ate.
Heirloom Tomato-Melon Gazpacho
Grilled Beef Heart Tartare
Bacon Wrapped Squab
Saffron-Vanilla Rice Pudding
I only liked the gazpacho and the dessert. The beef heart tartare was so chewy, I felt like I was eating pieces of raw gum. I could barely swallow. The squab and the lamb were also disgustingly fatty. I wondered where the chefs got their ingredients. The meats were crappy.
I really like the supper club concept of having a long leisurely dinner. But I’ll have to keep trying all the different clubs in the city. Can’t say I’d recommend Stag Dining.