We’re are almost at the end of the “we walk, we eat” restaurant walking tour. Tartine was my one and only request from Ariel. I’ve read about it in several forums. I’ve seen it featured in several food tv shows. They all said it’s the one place visitors should not miss when in San Francisco.
Surprisingly Ariel and Kit haven’t been to Tartine before so it was a first for all of us. When we left Salt House I was already so full. I figured the walk to Tartine would help me digest my food in preparation for dessert. I just didn’t know it was 3 miles away!
I wanted to buy dessert but I ended up buying savory pastries instead. My first purchase was this giant gougère made with gruyere cheese and herbs. Gougère is a savory choux pastry the same as a cream puff’s pastry. I took a bite and it was freaking fantastic! It was crisp, light, cheesy and peppery. Alas a bite was all I could handle. I kept the rest and ate it that night. It wasn’t crisp anymore but it was still good.
I wanted to try something I’ve never tried before and the cake aux olives was it. The description was “savory bread with white wine, black olives, smoked ham, gruyère, cheese and fresh herbs“. It was another winner! The bread was very moist and reminded me of bread pudding but not quite. The olives, ham and cheese were just perfect for this rich slice of heaven.
cake aux olives $4.75
Kit bought this yummy eclair and we had a bite. The Valrhona chocolate topping, the vanilla bean cream filling, the soft pastry were all to die for. It was a far cry from the eclairs I’ve tried in Manila.
On my last day San Francisco we went back to Tartine and I bought some almond croissants which I brought to Virginia and had it for breakfast there. It was huge, buttery and filled with delicious almond paste.
The next time I go back to San Francisco I want to eat in Tartine and try out their food in the cafe. The pastries weren’t cheap but they were all worth it. Truly excellent quality.
Tartine Bakery and Cafe
600 Guerrero Street
San Francisco, CA 94110