Tomato season is almost over. Ugh. But, why not enjoy it now in the comfort of one of downtown's most electric restaurants, Fifth Floor. Tonight they offer a prix-fixe Early Girl 7-course tomato celebration, a feast perfect for bidding the fruit adieu.
Such as? Such as a Deconstructed Manhattan Clam Chowder (caviar, granita, geoduck, cocktail sauce, pommes souffle), tomato flan (Parmesan espuma, cubeb pepper, basil seeds), Maine Lobster - (sauce choron, chorizo, piperade, haricots vert), Bellwether Farms Ricotta Raviolo (Fallon hills egg, black olive croutons, garden herbs, saffron-tomato Sugo), and Assiette of Lamb (Provencal style vegetables, dried tomato, cranberry beans).
But an end-of-summer meal like this doesn't come cheap. It'll run you $95 for the prix fixe ($68 for wine pairing). Mere pennies for David Bazirgan's fare! Restaurant opens at 5:30. Call to make a reservation (or possibly stop by as they have "plenty of room," or so we've been told.)
Fifth Floor: 12 Fourth Street (at Market, located in Hotel Palomar), S.F., 415-348-1555