Zuni Cafe in San Francisco offers bright light and even brighter service. The glass façade let the light in, and it swelled brighter, freed by high ceilings. Though at some tables everything was washed under a golden yellow hue, immutable sunshine.
The menu is packed with fresh, classic and classy bites, reflecting the bright light strolling in. A wide range of delightful items erring on the side of heavy and savory, filled the page. Along with the refined flavors and seasonal favorites, Zuni infuses comfort and familiarity with wood-fired pizzas, grilled sausages and artisan burgers, fresh salads and hearty mains.
Starting with salty prosciutto, tangy and creamy spreadable goat cheese and smoky charred grilled green padron peppers to mix and match, created a personalized kind of balance curated by the kitchen. Roasted heirloom tomato soup warmed with a sweet and tart resonance, cooled with yogurt drizzled in a “Z.” Sharing a Zuni pizza, thin and flat, light and bright with slivers of red onion, hunter green sorrel, thin pancetta and hot disks of pepper, made for buttery memories and a great pillow to appease.
Continuing with linguine zinging with tart Meyer lemon, silky chanterelles, green chard and nutty parmesan satiated with a bright familiarity. The pasta swirled and twined in the sunlight, ushering in the season. For something heavier, a solitary sausage, tender flavorful and robust, served with round chickpeas and green greens. The beans were meaty and mealy, playing with the textures of the crumbling sausage and swaying greens. And for the lunch traditionalist, a fat house ground hamburger, capped with cheese, aioli, Zuni pickles and a grilled rosemary focaccia.
Dessert can be a dark and dense chocolate Gateau Victoire, or a cheese plate with salty cheese and sweet juicy fruits. Or it can be a beautiful tower constructed of sticky meringue discs layered with fancy cream and served with dripping stewed figs and savory walnuts. Light as clouds and bright as the airy eatery…