Farallon restaurant in Union Square, San Francisco is a beautiful
destination. The question is, would I have a gluten free and
dairy free meal that would leave me wanting more. Well the
answer is yes, I would definitely go back. I actually enjoyed it
so much, I purchased their cookbook.
Farallon is designed to look like an underwater fantasy complete
with jelly fish swimming from the ceiling. It really is beautiful.
The menu consists mostly of coastal cuisine, which I love, with
two meat entrees. If you are a vegetarian there were quite a
few appetizers that would work and they are happy to make an
entree for you. According to their menu, Farallon supports
organic farming, responsible animal husbandry and sustainable
This was my first night in San Francisco. I traveled there for
the BlogHer Food Conference. A fellow gluten-free blogger and I
had plans that evening to eat at The Cliff House but our hotel
doorman suggested we would enjoy Farallon a great deal more
on this foggy evening, and it was very close to the hotel where
we were staying. He told us this as we were getting into the
taxi. So we made a quick decision to take his advice and off we
As soon as I was in the car, I jumped on my iPhone to Open
Table and canceled our reservation at The Cliff House and made
one at Farallon. We would arrive a little early, 40 minutes, but
hopefully the reservation went through in the 5 minute taxi
ride. When we arrived I gave my name and said we were early
but could they seat us and they were happy to. I love
Our meal started off with a tomato gazpacho as our amuse
bouche. It was served in a small demitasse cup and it was
delicious. I was so hungry I didn’t even stop to take a picture.
Evidently my friend and I like a lot of the same things because
we ordered the same meal. We started with Half a Dungeness
Crab. It usually is served a dipping sauce that contained gluten
so they made a special sauce just for us. It was delicious. They
served the crab on crushed ice with an aioli. It was a great start
to our meal.
Our entree was a beautiful piece of wild salmon topped with
bacon and frisee on top of green beans, and served with roasted
heirloom tomatoes with garlic and a pesto sauce. The salmon
was cooked exactly the way I like and the tomatoes melted in
your mouth. Allen, our server, did a great job of suggesting
wines to go with each course. I considered my second glass of
wine my dessert but my friend held to one glass of wine and
indulged on a sundae that looked great. Sometimes I do miss
dairy. So thanks to quick thinking on our doorman’s part and
technology, we were able to dine at Farallon. I am so glad we
did and would definitely Go Back!
Originally published by Diane Elbin (a.k.a. The GF Food Critic) on
The W.H.O.L.E. Gang website (http://www.thewholegang.org)
and submitted to GlutenFreeTravelSite with permission.