Luce Restaurant 888 Howard Street
Luce Restaurant, located in SF's InterContinental Hotel, serves up California cuisine boasting of a Michelin star. A Michelin-starred restaurant inside a hotel? I know, right? You wouldn't expect it, but that's the great thing about SF. There are hidden gems everywhere you go. I had the pleasure of dining at Luce one evening, with a few other foodies and although we all gravitated towards different dishes, collectively, we agreed that Luce is worth a taste.
Hands down, the best dish at Luce is there Handmade Sweetbread Ravioli. During our tasting, we were told that the menu changes often, based on seasonal availability and of course, chef's choice. But, one item that has made it through the different menu changes is the sweetbread ravioli. Again, as a gal who prefers almost anything to pasta and mushrooms, I couldn't help myself but reach for seconds when this dish came out. Another dish that I swallowed right up was the Pacific Blue Prawn, Roasted with Espelette Chili. I love seafood and I love shrimp. I grew up peeling shrimp and yes, sucking their heads off (it's full of flavor, you guys!). If you're like me and don't mind getting your hands a little dirty, this one's for you. The sweet and savory shrimp with a hint of fire is bite after bite of flavor. Being that I'm a sucker for seafood, it shouldn't be a surprise that the Pacific Amberjack, Roasted Lightly Marinated in Yuzu & Olive Oil was another standout for me. Light to the taste, the amberjack is the perfect starter to anything you choose at Luce. Doesn't hurt that it's beautifully plated, too. Truth be told, I wasn't particularly blown away by any of the mains, but because the starters were great on their own, I'd still recommend giving Luce a visit for those alone.