Michael Chiarello’s Coqueta, San Francisco

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I spent months waiting to make a reservation at Michael Chiarello’s Coqueta restaurant in San Francisco, California. My girls trip to San Francisco had been planned for months and I was anxious to get a reservation so we could eat at Coqueta while we were there. I met Chef Chiarello in Houston at a book signing for his cookbook, Bottega, and had been wanting to eat at one of his restaurants since then.

Coqueta did not disappoint. We loved the following Spanish inspired dishes.

Tortilla “Andres” with sweet onion, organic potato and piquillo pepper alioli.

Smoked salmon with queso fresco and truffle honey.

Sunny side-up egg with shrimp, crispy potato and chorizo dressing.

Whole Monterey calamari on the plancha with onion jam and squid ink alioli.

Crispy shrimp and chickpea flour pancake with saffron alioli.

Wood-grilled octopus with fingerling potatoes, pimenton and olive oil..

Arroz cremosa slowly cooked bomba rice with day boat scallops a la plancha and summer squash with blossoms.

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