Sunday, June 12, 2011

Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

"Tourist trap", "a place you'd go but you'd regret going afterwards". These were the phrases that had been drilled into my from my endless trolling on the net for things to do in San Fran, hence, when I got there, my expectations were low.

However... what were these people talking about?!?!? Sure, sights-wise, it's slightly non-trilling, but food-wise... YUM! There were crab salads, prawn salads, crab sandwiches, prawn sandwiches, crab chowder and most importantly, clam chowder galore!!! It was top notch smelling, and extremely extremely appetising. Dungeness crab and clam chowders are definitely the "must have"s here.

Fisherman's wharf

We went for two places for clam chowder - Boudin's Bakery (which was so awesome, we went back to find more on another day), and Alioto's. The clam chowder in San Fran is amazingness! It was super smooth, creamy and tastiness with bits of tiny clams scattered throughout. There are benefits of it coming in a bread bowl and by itself (with sour dough on the side). When in a bread bowl, it's novel and the soup is thoroughly soaked through into the bread. When the sour dough is given on the side, the bread is also always fresh and soft and fluffy and you can control how much soup and soakedness you want :)

Clam Chowder, New England Style in a bread bowl

Chili Beef

At Alioto's, not only did we get creamy clam chowder (and red tomatoey seafood chowder), we also got fresh and sweet dungeness crab. I opted for my crab to be in garlicy butter sauce. The garlic and butter was infused through the thin shell and into the sweet sweet meat. My hubby's crab was cooked cajun style. His crab was seasoned with chili powder, cayenne pepper, onion and garlic bits, salt and black pepper. Personally, I preferred my cooking method - yummily aromaticly sweet without being overpowering :)

Alioto's

Clam chowder and tomato seafood chowder

Dungeness Crab - Garlic Butter and Cajun Style

The view from out table

So tourist trap or not, Fisherman's wharf is pretty deliciousness for seafood. The dungeness crab is a must have as is the clam chowder! :)

Ratings:
Food - 8/10
Service - 7/10
Ambiance - 8/10
Value for money - 7/10
Overall - 30/40

Boudin's Bakery
160 Jefferson St
(between Mason St & Taylor St)
San Francisco, CA 94133
Tel: (415) 928 1849

Alioto's
8 Fishermans Wharf
San Francisco, CA 94133
Tel: (866) 439 1332

1 comment:

mademoiselle délicieuse said...

Boudin's is definitely the favourite place of friends who visited the US west coast last year. My sourdough-loving friend keeps raving about the bread!