Back in October, Jeff Banker told Grub Street he and his wife and business partner Lori Banker hoped to open Baker and Banker in Mid-November. In a red-tape-heavy city like this one, their revised Dec. 1 opening date isn’t too bad a delay, especially considering they faced a modicum of neighborhood resistance to any changes in the old Quince space. They’ve named former La Mar sommelier Collin Casey as wine director, and he’s developed a 60-strong list that will grow to a little over 100. Now that they’ve set a date, they’ve also come up with a revised menu from the one Baker shared earlier. Read on for that, and get ready for a new spot in Pacifc Heights Monday.
Banker’s opening menu is subject to change but may include Cauliflower Soup with Vadouvan Curry and Toasted Local Almonds; Dungeness Crab Salad with Satsuma Mandarin, Watermelon Radish, Olio Nuovo, and Housemade Black Sesame Cracker; Star Route Mixed Lettuces with Fuyu Persimmons, Local Chèvre, and Pomegranate Molasses Vinaigrette; Fall Vegetable and Shiso Leaf Tempura with Spicy Japanese Mayonnaise Dip; House Smoked Trout with Celery Root Latke, Horseradish Crème Fraîche, Pickled Beets and Shaved Fennel; Paine Squab and Crushed Liver Crostini with Arugula, Apples and Villa Manadori Balsamic; Musquee de Provence, Pumpkin Raviolis with Chestnut, Brown Butter, Crispy Sage and Saba; Striped Bass, Spanish Chorizo with Cockles, Bouillabaisse Broth, and Meyer Lemon Aioli; Dayboat Scallops with Caramelized Sun Choke Puree, Brussels Sprout and Asian Pear Salad and Hazelnuts; Seared Liberty Duck Breast, Duck Leg with Sweet Potato Hash, Swiss Chard and Star Anise-Port Sauce; Grilled Hanger Steak with Red Wine-Marrow Butter, Cast Iron Potato Gratin and Sautéed Spinach; Braised Ponzi Farm Lamb Stew with Crunchy Lamb Sweetbreads, Anson Mills Polenta and Salsa Verde.
Baker’s opening dessert menu includes Pumpkin Cobbler with Cinnamon Brittle Ice Cream; Braeburn Apple Crisp Cheesecake with Balsamic Caramel; White Chocolate-Cranberry Pecan Pie with Cranberry Swirl Ice Cream; Huckleberry Brown Butter Tart with Whipped Crème Fraîche; Peanut Butter Caramel Fudge Brownie with Roasted Banana Ice Cream and Salted Peanut Brittle; Vanilla Poached Pear Sorbet with Lavender Shortbread.
Housemade Breads will change daily and include Honey Whole Wheat, Soft Potato Rolls, Herbed Focaccia, Molasses Cornmeal, Challah and Buttermilk Herb.