Have you ever tasted food so good that you spend weeks afterwards raving about how amazing it all was?
And even as you speak about the dishes you tried you know it is not quite coming across just how delicious each bite you tasted was. You urge friends and family to go there and try it for themselves while you eagerly plan your own next trip.
Well I am having that experience now with W San Francisco restaurant TRACE.
Trace Restaurant in San Francisco, located at the W Hotel
The restaurant serves both meat as well as vegetarian options though happily accommodates for many dietary requirements, as they can, when requested. It is definitely a restaurant that foodies can go to and feel at ease that what is being served to them is exactly as they requested.
Trace’s mission when it comes to the food they serve is to create an enriching culinary experience by fusing together local resources and high quality ingredients.
Not only is the food itself, with every bite, dreamily fabulous but the service is one of the best in the city. The team at Trace has been through weeks of intense training before their launch date and continues to learn about the dishes they serve and the origins of where the ingredients come from. Ask your server about the ingredients you are enjoying and they are sure to know where it came from and can confidently trace them all back to their original sources.
Menus are seasonal, ensuring that customers get the highest quality food possible from local vendors.
Veg options you must try, when in season, are the:
- Grilled Flatbread, on the menu it comes with pork belly however as I mentioned the chef is more than happy to accommodate customers and will remove all animal ingredients to make a vegetarian option.
- Eggplant Dip with Crispy Rice Crackers, I can truly say I have never tasted eggplant with such a rich flavor and the in-house made crackers are addictive. I need Trace to sell those to take home so I have some in my pantry for snacking!
- Brentwood Corn Soup, warm and satisfying. You can instantly tell the corn used is of a high quality as each spoonful of this soup has a taste so full of flavor you have to stop yourself from licking the bowl clean. And a surprising twist from the chef are the small sprinkling of spiced popcorn in the middle of the bowl, they manage to keep their crunch and offer a spicy kick intensifying the overall flavor.
- Chilled Tomato Soup, never have I tried chilled soup that I enjoyed but this beats them all. It is a soup you must try when wanting something light and soothing.
- Heirloom Tomato Salad, with this salad you realize the taste difference within local fresh produce as only the best heirloom tomatoes are chosen for the restaurants dishes.
- Butter Lettuce Salad, a crunchy combination of apples and pears with lettuce slightly drizzled in a walnut vinaigrette.
- Wild Fennel Pollen Pappardelle, this is more than just a pasta dish as the artichoke chips add a wonderful unexpected crunchy bite. Each piece of pasta is full of flavor, which is surprising, as the dish is not covered in sauce. It is almost like the pasta has been marinated for a perfect result.
- Crumble and Ice Cream, once again the chef happily accommodated our request for a vegetarian dessert option with a fruit crumble. The crumble pieces themselves are crushed up and sprinkled on top rather than made into a pie form, allowing for the exact amount of crumble – fruit to ice cream ratio that you personally desire.
Everyone and everything at Trace leaves you wanting more! The Executive Chef, Paul Piscopo, definitely needs to release a recipe book or offer us mere mortals cooking classes!
Paul Piscopo, Executive Chef at Trace
Upon graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in New York, Paul Piscopo began working in San Francisco and it’s surrounding areas learning all he could about local produce. His career at W San Francisco began at the XYZ restaurant where he created modern Californian cuisine, taking customers on a tour of the Bay Area via their plates. As Chef Paul continues his work with W San Francisco and Trace restaurant he builds a strong working relationship with local farmers and vendors, bringing to the kitchen a fresh flavor and strong dedication which in result gives us, as customers, an amazing eating experience.
- TRACE (located in W San Francisco) 181 Third Street, San Francisco CA 94103
For more information visit www.TRACE-sf.com or follow them @WSanFrancisco
About Trace, located within W Hotel San Francisco
Trace’s San Francisco restaurant, located within the W San Francisco Hotel in the heart of the SoMA district, has been designed by noted San Francisco based architect Stanley Saitowitz. The venue is designed around the idea of fashion, music and entertainment with sustainability in mind. Each element of the restaurant is carefully designed to reflect the city in which it lives. Trace’s commitment to sustainable living can be seen throughout the restaurant from the food through to the accessories laid out in the space. The sleek wooden menus are made from repurposed wood and designed by local artisan Luke Bartels and the sturdy water tumblers are in-fact recycled wine bottles created by BottleHood!
TRACE is open for breakfast Monday – Friday, 6:30 – 10:30 am; and Saturday – Sunday, 7 – 10 am. Lunch is served Monday – Friday, 11:30 am – 2 pm. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 2 pm. TRACE is open for dinner Monday – Thursday and Sunday, 6 pm – 10 pm; and Friday – Saturday, 6 pm – 11 pm.