With all the cooking we have tried doing at home [1 – to save money and 2 – to improve our cooking skills], it’s hard to keep up with the dining scene of San Francisco. There is always so much going on, and the restaurants and pop-ups really do sneak up on you. We only noticed Beast and the Hare recently while walking through the neighborhood one evening, and the spot has been open since November 2010!
With a name like that, I was intrigued, and I made reservations for a few weeks out. I’d forgotten to leave a note in my reservation for a table by the window, so the photos are a little on the dark side.
Upon walking into the door, it doesn’t seem like there’s a host/hostess, but you’re greeted fairly quickly. There’s a communal table in the middle and smaller tables all around. There are also some seats at what one might consider the bar area. It seems to be a comfortable spot.
At first glance of the menu, CHARCUTERIE and CHEESE! I am pretty easy to figure out if those two are on the menu. Plus, beers we hadn’t tried before on tap? Easy.
The ones we picked out went surprisingly well with the three cheeses on the menu. Rather than pick and choose amongst the cheeses, we opted for trying them all. With the cheeses alone, we touched on three beasts – buffalo [quadrello], goat [sofia], and sheep [foglie di noce].
Since we planned on ordering a few different items on the menu, we selected a plate of three meats – apple wood smoked duck breast, pork shoulder [coppa], and pork belly [lardo di pancia]. I would have ordered the pate had there not been mustard in it.
After the overload of meats,cheese, and bread, our order of bone marrow showed up on the table piping hot and oozing with delicious fatty goodness!
The second to last dish in our meal was poutine. I was itching to order it since it was on the menu, but it didn’t quite meet my expectations. It was a dish of fries, lamb neck gravy and melted cheese. No curds.
I was pretty full by this point, but we powered through the dishes and onto dessert. Housemade ice cream! I may have had to carry my stomach out of there.
If you pay a visit to the restroom, you’ll find articles and information about where their food is sourced [mostly local]. And at dinner time, they also had their brunch menu up. I’ve not been to the brunch to confirm whether or not the menu changes to dinner at that time to entice guests to return for another meal. In any case, it worked on me, and now I want to go back for brunch. From what I’ve heard, there’s usually a line!