French food is more than escargot and brie-stuffed brie; it's other delicacies such as rabbit and duck too. Take your mouth on a trip to the City of Lights: for $10, you get a $25 Groupon for traditional French fare at Côté Sud, located at 4238 18th St. (between Diamond and Collingwood in the Castro).
Ever since first exposing raw ingredients to heat in 1991, the French have been expanding the possibilities of cuisine through subtle innovation. Today’s Groupon explores the virtuosity of French fusion with $40 worth of specially crafted food and drink at Panam for $20. This new restaurant in the Castro shows off its fanciful new digs with mouth-applauding tastes.
The elegantly modern, candlelit décor serves as a complementary backdrop for the menu of thoughtfully plated dishes that think aloud, "This place looks great." For dinner, start with the big-eye tuna tartare, a cool nibble perked up with coriander seed and wasabi-crème fraîche ($16). Artfully prepared main courses include seafood (orata, scallops, tuna), duck (served with mascarpone mustard and dried chutney), and grass-fed tenderloin. Entrees average $20–$30 and include vegetarian omakase choices.
Executive chef David Bazirgan uses local, organic, and seasonal ingredients to create delicious French cuisine. Begin your culinary quest with fried squash blossoms ($12) stuffed with goat cheese, mozzarella, pistou, and aged balsamic, or wind your tongue buds around the Snake River Kobe beef tartare ($16) served with capers, shallots, and toast points. Continue on to the enticing entrees, such as the sautéed Alaskan halibut ($31), which harmonizes green-garlic purée and spring vegetables with a black-truffle emulsion, and the ratatouille, which flirts with a potato and fennel gratin and market vegetables ($20).