Saturday, June 7, 2008


1896 Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA
(415) 674-4343

I came here with a bunch of friends for Dine About Town, but unfortunately, it did not serve dinner under Dine About Town, but we stayed anyways. Luella's menu consists of varieties of food. Since it's in the New American catagory of cuisine, nevertheless, it seems very fusion. The menu consists of tacos and pizza, as well as grilled steak and fish.

Artichoke Soup with Chive Oil - The soup tasted pretty creamy but I couldn't really taste the artichoke but there are artichoke pieces in there!

Crispy Polenta Fries with Spicy Tomato Vinaigrette - Before this dish, I never knew what polenta was. Boy, I want more! This was crispy on the outside and soft in the inside. What I really like is that the crispy crust was thin and it was warm, but when you bite into it, it was hot!

Ahi Tuna Tartare Tacos with Lime Binaigrette and Mango Salsa

Wild Mushroom Pizza

Grilled Local Halibut with Lemon Beurre Blanc, Asparagus and Farro Salad - I hate it when fish is overcooked because it gets dry. This one was cooked right! It was grilled enough such that the inside is juicy and tender. And as seen in the picture, they shaved the outter skin of the asparagus making it easier to soften when grilled, and easier on chewing also.

Seared beef "Wellington" in Puff Pastry with Horseradish Cream, Bone marrow Butter - Yes! Long name, which sounded very fancy, but when it was served onto the table, my friends and I could not hold our laughter. It definitely needs some work on its presentation as well as taste. The beef was a bit too "well" cooked, it was a little rough.

Yorkshire Pudding - This bread pudding came with the beef wellington above. It was eggy but good.

The ambiance of this place is really nice. The restaurant has a big window, so natural light shines in when it's day time. I really like the decor as well as the layout of the restaurant. Seems high class and modern but fun. The food is just okay though, I would not go back on my own unless someone wants to go.