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.
EarlierJeffrey Banker Shares Opening Menu [Grub Street SF]