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Cocktail, food on the side: What to eat when you're sipping around town

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Comstock's classic Cherry Bounce.
GUARDIAN PHOTO BY VIRGINIA MILLER

Brasserie S&P Mandarin Oriental, 222 Sansome, (415) 986-2020, www.mandarinoriental.com

CILANTRO DAIQUIRIS AND CIDER SOURS

Rock-star cool and sexy describe Chambers' record-lined dining room, one of the most striking in the city. Cocktails ($11) are improved from early days when it opened in 2011. Straightforward and unfussy, the drinks are well-made and thirst-quenching. Playing off one of the greats, a whiskey sour, the Whiskey Cider Sour combines house-made cider, whiskey, egg, and fresh-grated nutmeg. A garden-fresh cilantro daiquiri blends silver rum, Cointreau, and lime with plenty of muddled cilantro.

Eat: Appreciating executive chef Trevor Ogden's unique presentation of smoked fish (salmon) in the past, now it's tea-smoked tombo tuna ($15), slowly smoking over a grate tableside. Despite pork belly burnout years ago, I hadn't tried smoking pork belly ($13) until recently, soft fat releasing its aromas as it burns before you, accompanied by Early Girl tomato kimchee. How could I resist? But salads unexpectedly steal the show. Winter is exemplified in an artistic display of fuyu persimmons ($10) happily partnered with burrata and toasted oat toffee, dotted with Angostura bitters (you heard right), olive oil, sea salt, and garam masala spices. Salade Lyonnaise ($12) is artfully deconstructed: grapefruit wedges, pork biscotti, lardons (thin strips of pork fat), and candied pomelo splay out spoke-like from a sous vide egg resting atop a mound of frisée in the center.

Chambers 601 Eddy St., (415) 829-2316, www.chambers-sf.com

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Thank you for sharing this useful information.

Posted by master-essays on Feb. 25, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

Presumably a mini-martini (a fine idea) is a small martini which would therefore have two (gin, vermouth) or at the most three (orange bitters optional) ingredients. Anything with Chartreuse, lime, grapefruit does not qualify, regardless of whether it's served in the same type of cocktail glass.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 25, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

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