[San Francisco, Russian Hill] Stone's Throw

I had dinner at Stone’s Throw recently in a large group. It’s on Hyde St. in Russian Hill. The Powell-Hyde cable car line goes right by the restaurant. Stone’s Throw’s owners also run Fat Angel in the Fillmore and Trestle in North Beach. I had enjoyed a meal at Trestle a few months ago and was interested in trying its older sibling. Both serve “New American” / Cal-American food. They also both have extensive beer menus.

In additional to the regular a la carte menu, our server also offered a family style option, which was $55 and is available if your party is 6 or more people. It seemed like a good way to try a lot of things on the menu so we went for that. One of us is a vegetarian and they were very accommodating, making a little separate plate of some dishes sans meat and also adding a few extra stand-alone vegetarian dishes when the dish being served wouldn’t make sense without any meat.

Some of the dishes that we had (pictures are of a portion meant for 4 people):

Duck Liver Mousse
Walnut Genoise, Beet Gelee, Apples, Mustard Greens

This was a pâté-like mousse with a sweetish beet jelly on top. The white rectangles on the top are apples, and the “walnut genoise” underneath was like a little piece of walnut bread. Very good.

Puffed Potato & Eggs
Cauliflower Mousse, Chives, Crispy Chicken Skin

These were kind of like fried mashed/shredded potato balls and were good. The sauce underneath could have maybe used some more seasoning though. There were some nice crispy fried chicken skins in there as well.

Di Stefano Burrata
Tempura Broccolini, Black Garlic Vinaigrette, Sesame Tuille

Difficult to go wrong with burrata. Nicely lightly fried broccolini pieces.

Citrus Poached Shrimp
Butternut Squash, Prosciutto, Pepitas, Cilantro, Lavash

The proscuitto had been baked so that it was crispy.

Hiramasa Crudo
Satsuma Mandarin, Finger Limes, Pickled Fennel

Very good raw dish. Nice meaty fresh tasting pieces of hamachi.

Squid Ink Conchiglie Pasta
Spicy Capers, Clams, Mussels, Shrimp, Tender Greens

Light soubise sauce. The seafood was tender, perfectly cooked. The conchiglie was al dente. Our server said this was one of his favorite dishes and I would agree, it was very good.

Red Endive & Grilled Quince
Mascarpone, Pomegranate, Pine Nuts, Crispy Quinoa

Crispy endive leaves topped with pomegranate and some quinoa. It had some smears of mascarpone cheese on the side and some slices of quince. Not bad but I probably wouldn’t order this again by itself.

Tagliatelle Bolognese
Octopus, Pork, Preserved Lemon, Za’atar Bread Crumbs

The thin tagliatelle pasta in this dish was good and al dente. However, the sauce crossed the line a bit into too sweet territory. With the spices (from the za’atar bread crumbs perhaps?) it tasted a little like a carrot cake

Poached Steelhead Trout
Furikake Puffed Rice, Cauliflower, Turnips, Dashi Broth

The first of our mains. This was excellent. Perfectly cooked, rare in the middle and yet still a little flaky, highlighted by the subtle dashi broth underneath. A little crunch from the puffed rice.

Brandt Farms Prime Bavette Steak
Beet Spatzle, Horseradish-Chermoula, Preserved Mushrooms

Our other main was a bavette steak. This was good - beefy and a little chewy like a good bavette should be - but I would have maybe preferred a little more sear and crust on the outside. The inside was nice and rare.

Chocolate Fudgsicle

We had 3 desserts, and this was the best one of them in my opinion. A hard chocolate shell surrounding a firm creamy chocolate ice cream filling. It indeed tasted kind of like a fudgsicle.

Red Velvet Cake
Whipped Mascarpone, Golden Beet, Hibiscus

This was like an upscale deconstructed red velvet cake. Mascarpone stood in for the cream cheese frosting. One of the best “red velvet” cakes I’ve had.


Peanut Butter & Jelly Donuts
Concord Grape, Peanuts, Vanilla, Milk Chocolate

The “donuts” in this dessert were sugar dusted beignets, freshly fried and warm.

An enjoyable meal overall. The family style menu is a good way to try a good number of the dishes on the menu and a pretty good deal. Highlights for me were the conchiglie, the sea trout main, and the fudgsicle dessert.

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