Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Best Dessert in Russian Hill

I've raved about Frascati in Russian Hill before. Everything, from its location on romantic tree and cable-car trimmed Hyde Street, to its consistently mouthwatering dishes (ohhh that brined pork chop. . . ), to its romantic neighborhood-spot vibe, are special.

But let's highlight one particularly scrumptious feature: the superstar on Frascati's dessert list. They call it the "Warm Black and White Chocolate Bread Pudding." It's warm and cozy, sweet and gooey in all the right ways.

We treated ourselves to it again last week when Zack's mom was in town. As the spoon licking and satisfied sighing around the table verified, this dessert is incredible. The fluffy, buttery chocolate bread base is nicely paired with a delicate hazelnut ice cream. Only, the scoop is mountainous and has loads of chocolate and caramel syrup. That takes this dessert from simple comfort food into the realm of over-the-top extravagance that'll remind you of the best cake-and-ice cream combos from your childhood. The only thing missing was sprinkles. . .

Frascati is already my No. 1 recommendation for a special occasion dinner in SF. The bread pudding only underscores the superlative. Don't forget to order it. . . or if you're lucky enough to live in the neighborhood (like I am!), it's worth stopping in just for the dessert.

1901 Hyde Street
San Francisco