Prospect [San Francisco CA]
Sean and I took a celebratory trip to San Francisco the day we closed on our new house. It was only a weekend but it seemed longer what with all the walking we did up and down hills. It was exhausting; we needed lots of good quality fuel.
There were a few brochures and magazines in our hotel room. One of them had a tantalizing photo on its cover: eggs, bacon, pancakes, sausage and potatoes. It doesn’t sound very special but believe you me, it was.
We decided we couldn’t leave the city without trying that place out for Sunday brunch (proof that we eat with our eyes first). We hoofed it to SoMa from our hotel in Union Square. It wasn’t the short saunter we were hoping for after having walked six miles the day before (I prefer to say 10 kilometres; it sounds like a bigger feat that way).
Anyway, we got to Prospect a little before eleven and it was closed. Sean sat down on the benches outside and I strolled to The Embarcadero to take photos of the Bay Bridge.
The doors opened at eleven sharp. We were led to a table in a corner with great views of the street and the restaurant. The place is quite big, hip and modern.
I ordered ricotta donuts with chocolate sauce and toffee sauce to start. The donuts were light and fluffy and delicious. Unfortunately, the chocolate sauce tasted a bit like candle wax and the toffee sauce was slightly bitter and the sugar had crystallized. Sean had a warm ham, apple and cheddar cheese hand pie – a fancy name for an empanada. It wasn’t very tasty and had confectioner’s sugar sprinkled on top.
Although the starters weren’t super delicious, the mains more than made up for it. Sean chose the Prospector, the breakfast combo the restaurant is known for and which was pictured on that magazine cover. It looked exactly like the photo. Every component was well cooked and delicious, made with good quality ingredients: two strips of bacon, a pork apple sausage, two over easy eggs, corn skillet cakes and home fries.
I had the egg sandwich, a rather deceptive name as it had more than egg in it. The pork belly was crispy and melted in my mouth, the egg was perfectly cooked and the home fries were very tasty. The egg and pork belly were served on a slightly toasted English muffin and the pork belly half had pepper jelly. The jelly was full of flavour but a touch too sweet for my taste.
I’ll definitely come back to Prospect the next time we’re in town. I want to see if the crispy pig trotters and the duck hash are as good as the dishes we had.www.prospectsf.com 300 Spear St.
CA 94105 P: (415) 247-7770
F: (415) 247-7760