Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Striking new San Francisco museum (3 of 4)
De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park
17th-20th century American art and art of the native Americans, Asia and the Pacific
Part 3 of 4
At the opposite end of the museum from the tower, there is a public sculpture garden and café tables under a huge cantilevered overhang. Somehow the massive roof reads as sheltering, not dark or looming.
The patio is a pleasant place to enjoy a meal, and the café’s repertoire goes far beyond sandwiches. The menu changes seasonally, and all dishes are made with fresh local ingredients from small farms and artisanal producers.
A glance at the current (autumn) menu makes me want to return:
- Barley risotto with mushrooms, roasted butternut squash and jack cheese
- “Fisherman’s Wharf” salad, with marinated calamari, shrimp, Dungeness crab, fennel and fresh pomegranate
- Seared pork chop with apple-apricot chutney, cranberry bean ragout, sautéed red cabbage with apple and pancetta
The Bay Area is truly foodie heaven.
Update, 1/28/07: To see more exterior photos and a review of the de Young building, here's an article by Canadian architect and writer Witold Rybczynski at Slate.com.