I don’t often eat donuts, but when I do, it should have bacon on it.
Dynamo has been on my shortlist for some time, a couple years in fact, but I’d never been successful in eating here. Dynamo has been closed on four prior trips to San Francisco and four similar attempts to visit the shop. My friends swear it must be open and the shop slams the awning shut when they see me approaching. How can anyone have so many misses before a hit? But finally, success! DONUTS BE MINE.
The winners: passionfruit and milk chocolate, meyer lemon and huckleberry, apricot and cardamom. See the theme? I’m really enjoying the fruity donuts because they’re so atypical to the bog standard donuts (which I love too).
The not-so-amazing: the Monte Cristo could have used a wee bit more ham. I couldn’t actually pick any out in the donut. Maybe there wasn’t any? Also the Lemon Sichuan – couldn’t detect any sichuan peppercorn. They were fine on their own, but then I would have called the former a powdered eggy bread jam donut and the latter a lemony donut.
Still. Jesus. It’s about time. Please enjoy one more photo, with the passionfruit and milk chocolate, and the famed maple bacon donuts in the spotlight.
Dynamo Donuts (Mission district)
This was one of those spur-of-the-moment evenings when we’re downtown, hungry, and suddenly decide it’s the perfect time to grab a meal at Square One. Sitting at the bar is the way to go, so we can engage the folks working there.
We had a glass of red wine, and shared two main dishes. I focused mainly on chestnut ravioli with bacon and cress. Sweet tasting, and very good. T got the “Petite” steak, which was very confusingly titled, because the petite steak was anything but. If petite means 12 ounces, then yes it was petite. Coming in at $19, cooked perfectly, and served alongside french fries and green beans, this is a great deal.
Dessert was fresh sugar doughnuts with an espresso creme anglaise for dipping. Delicious.
They bought a 58 pound lamb and have been cutting it up and doing awesome things with it for the past few days.
The special of the night was lamb mixed grill. Lamb ribs, lamb kefta and lamb something-or-other it was on a skewer and yummy.
Coincidentally, I’d recommended Julienne to some friends celebrating a birthday, and this was before I even knew about the lamb nirvana. That must have been a nice surprise for them.
Some changes I should note:
* mailing list, as noted before. If you want a heads up on all the new things happening with Julienne get on their mailing list.
* tasting menus are now for the whole table. When I came here some of us ordered a la carte, some got a tasting menu and all our tasting menus were also different.
I love their Natura water. It turns tap water into fizzy or still filtered water. It’s also on the house.
Dessert was the maple creme brulee, although I hemmed and hawed over the “coffee and doughnuts” where the coffee was coffee pot de creme. The custard was soft and not cloyingly sweet, the burnt sugar was hard and thick. Yum! And of course there was real coffee.
A red wine called l’Hiver was recommended to go with the lamb course and it was lovely and smooth. Thanks for that!
ps. looks like they’re having a special dinner on halloween night.
I’ve gotten over my shock at the enormous portions of fat, starch and sugar-laden food and am slowly honing down the menu to a few key items.
However, with each new visit, I do try something new and each time I am still horrified by the portion and gluttony of it all.
2nd visit: I learned this time that it’s best to share the mixed bbq combination, so I ordered this for two people. But then I thought it would be a good idea to sample the misubi, and there was a combination misubi plate, so I ordered that, too.
I was under the misguided impression that an item like spam misubi would be somewhere between the size of nigiri sushi and the size of one slice of spam from the can. WRONG. The rice billowed out far beyond the spam, barely contained by a wrapper of nori.
Here’s how we dealt with it all: cut all the misubi in half, so there’s one half for each of us. Poke out half to two-thirds of the rice, and eat the remainder.
We only ate about half of the bbq plate as well. This was 3-4 kinds of sweet bbq’d meats, two scoops of rice and one scoop of macaroni salad. I took home the bbq leftovers, which then provided two more meals. My lunch buddy took home all the surplus rice and made fried rice for two additional meals.
3rd visit: our cholesterol has dropped to normal levels again, and a couple friends admit to being oddly drawn to the misubi. Lessons learned: this time we only order two misubi to share between us. The chicken katsu and bbq chicken is the way to go. They effectively are little burritos of chicken and rice, wrapped in nori. A nice compact meal.
But THEN I think I should sample something new, and those 10 malasadas for $3.99 seem innocent enough. Like doughnut holes, right? WRONG! They’re bigger, and hot, and fresh and completely drenched in sugar with sugar on the side. They completely filled a large styrofoam takeaway box. Who orders this stuff for just one person?! One order should feed a satisfactory portion to, like, five people.
So I’m trying to manage expectations here. By the third visit I should have learned that anything I order will not *ever* have a sensible portion. In the future I will eat here with maybe a group of four, to help ensure we can share a variety of items without having our guts busted.
Chicken katsu misubi ftw.