CC and I have been meaning to go out and have dinner together for such a long time, but with competing schedules and what not, we never ever got around to it… until now. After some discussion, we decided on RNM which is a place she saw reviewed on Check Please, Bay Area. It is located in the Lower Haight neighborhood and billed as offering American flavors with French and Italian influences. It sounded good to me, so off we went. They offered a prix fixe menu of 3 courses for $25 or $30. I can’t recall exactly right now, but CC and I decided to order different things so we could sample a few different dishes.
My first course was a tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwich. Now this wasn’t your regular grilled cheese sandwich, by any means. I’m not sure what kind of cheese they used (although I want to say gruyere maybe), but it definitely had a more refined flavor than the American cheese.
CC ordered the grilled hearts of romaine with fuji apples, saint agur blue cheese, toasted hazelnuts and champagne vinaigrette. It was delicious! All the flavors went so well together. I liked the touch of the fuji apples and hazelnuts, and the cheese wasn’t too overpowering. You have to be very careful with blue cheese, but when it is done well, I actually enjoy the flavor it adds to the dish, usually salads.
My main course was the RNM burger and fries. The burger was served on foccacia bread with white cheddar and caramelized onions. I didn’t enjoy this too much although it sounds appetizing. I think the bread was a little too bit hard and had too much rosemary. The flavor was too herby for me, so I ended up only eating the meat and leaving the rest behind. I also found the french fries to be on the soggy side. So disappointing.
CC’s entree tasted much better. It was the pork osso bucco on creamy polenta with sautéed chicory mix and gremolata. Unfortunately, the picture was a little bit out of focus, but it was pretty good. I wouldn’t say it was my favorite part of the meal, but it was still pretty decent.
Ambiance 3 stars
Overall rating 3 stars