October 19th is National Seafood Bisque Day, so we have come up with 5 places for you to get your crustacean on. Bisque is a thick, creamy soup of French origin and is typically made from lobster, crab, shrimp, and crayfish. The term "bisque" is also sometimes used to refer to creamy soups made from squash, tomato, mushroom or red pepper but we're talking crustaceans today.
This Spanish tapas bar in Russian Hill gets a little packed on Fridays, but they have carafes of sangria, prosciutto wrapped dates and an intimate atmosphere well worth the wait. Along with your crab bisque, try some eggplant wrapped goat cheese for a unique flavor.
This high-end restaurant located in Chinatown offers a dining feast and a visual atmosphere meant to transport its eaters back to the royal grandeur of the ancient Quing Dynasty. Surround yourself with three-hundred year old tapestries, etched glass panels, carved wooden archways and silk draperies. Tommy Toy's signature soup is the seafood bisque, oven-baked inside fresh coconut and crowned with puff pastry. They also serve a lychee martini, made with kai lychee vodka, lychee syrup, and garnished with lychee fruit.
Castro, colorful art, kiwi cosmos. Bisque too? Okay, we will gladly celebrate here. Catch also has a heated patio with a fireplace and a live piano jazz on Friday and Saturday. They not only serve a lobster bisque, crab, and crème fraiche for $12, but the menu features other items like the cabernet braised short rib with fettucine pasta, white corn, spinach, and truffle oil cream sauce or other options like the mix grill of fish, butter beans, sauteed spinach, chorizo, and roasted tomato.
This restaurant is located in the Outer Richmond, has the local vibe, and is all about the food. You can get your lobster bisque bowl here, but more importantly, you can also get complimentary wine while you wait for your table? And complimentary wine with your entree? It's too good to be true! Sign me up for the Calamari Steak and the Halibut Parmesan and yes, I guess I can deal with the free wine too.
Indeed, it is the obvious answer. Butw e felt that I could not do the crustaceans justice without a mention. You may have to travel to Fisherman's Wharf, fight off the Friday crowds of over-enthusiastic, probably intoxicated out of towners, but instead of resisting them, join them. Toast to the popularity of this wonderful city with a glass of chardonnay, a sourdough bread bowl of crab and corn bisque for $8.50, and a panoramic view of Alcatraz, Angel Island, and Marin.