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.
Panam’s menu is full of savory food words describing savory foods. The small-plate crab mimosa (with Dungeness crab, prosciutto di parma, and acra cilantro garlic, $12) and duck raviole ($13) prove excellent uses of crab and duck. For the heavy-hitter, try the lobster and black truffle ($24) or the filet mignon tournedos ($28). Sink into a side of the truffle mash potatoes ($6), a wonderful way to relive your carefree days truffle hunting with that pig from Babe.
Panam's eclectic dishes are served in an eclectically eclectic chic dining area. It offers high culture with an upstairs mezzanine. If you're hunger isn't roaring, nibble on small plates and fill the rest of your belly with international wines. Or sipple on cocktails and order from the late-night menu, which includes a goat-cheese tarte ($13) and fondant chocolat ($8).
Just a few steps from the Harvey Milk Plaza and Castro Muni Station, Panam is a newcomer worthy of investigation for an evening meal, weekend brunch, or small bites and fermented grape drink. Impress your mates with your international knowhow and ability to tie knots.
While the initial reviews are still coming in, SFWeekly.com says:
- The luxe bar trend that swept through the Castro earlier this year just might be finding its equivalent in eateries.
The San Francisco Eater anticipated Panam’s opening by saying:
- And best of all, it's not just French cuisine or fusion cuisine or French fusion cuisine, but neo-French fusion cuisine. Brace.
Sixteen Yelpers award 3.5 stars:
- Love the decor and ambiance. It's a great place for delicious treats and good drinks! – Phuong H.
2367 Market St
San Francisco, California 94114Get Directions