E & O Trading Company
The Dining Detectives were at it again. Staying after work in San Francisco to enjoy some fun and fine dining. The City has so much to offer and we were ready for a new experience. We opted for the Union Square area mostly known for its exclusive shops that draw visitors from around the world, even from Petaluma! We chose The E & O Trading Company on Sutter Street at first because of the décor which recreates a trading warehouse in South East Asia at the turn of the Twentieth Century with an open kitchen and a 35 foot Dragon Bar on the first floor blending Asian and European feel and decor. We soon found that the Cuisine rivaled the décor.
We were warmly greeted and escorted to our table overlooking the restaurant and bar area up on the mezzanine level. Our server Jorge, was immediately at our table to explain our choices for food and beverages.
We started off with some specialty cocktails and then moved on to home brewed ale and soda samplers. Frank Commariday, the Masterbrewer, makes the ales and sodas come to life in stainless steel right on the premises.
Pomegranate Margarita- An exotic & delightful twist on the original, made with Premium Tequilas & Cointreau, served with a salt rim.
Blue Sea Margarita- Not your typical margarita, but seaworthy folk will enjoy its cool blue & calming effects.
Singapore Sling-A blend of Gin, fresh lime, a touch of Papaya & a dash of cane sugar, topped off with cherry brandy improves on the classic from The Raffles Hotel in Singapore.
E & O Home Brewed Ales
E & O Home Brewed Sodas
We enjoyed Samplers of both the home brewed Ales and Sodas. Each included 1 Imperial Pint total. The ales from Masterbrewer, Frank Commariday were all tasty and here are two that we particularly appreciated;
Kings Stout- Jet Black and Full Bodied, thick and creamy. A True Imperial Stout.
India Pale Ale- A classic full- bodied amber colored light Ale with a distinctive Aroma of imported East Kent Golding full- flower hops.
The Sodas were all great but we particularly favored;
Papaya, Passion Fruit and Cream Soda.
So much for the Drinks
. Now for some food that we recommend.
Indian Style Flat Breads
Carmelized Onion Naan with roasted garlic and fennel seed. The Raita sauce was perfect for dipping the bread into.
Lamb Stuffed Naan mixed with tumeric and Indian spices served with mint-cucumber raita
Indonesian Corn Fritters an E & O signature small plate served with Chili Soy Dipping Sauce
East Indian Samosas- spicy potato and sweet pea filling wrapped in pastry.
Mango Glazed Thai Ribs- marinated in brown sugar, grilled then slow roasted and glazed with a mango-mustard chili soy.
Malabar Crab an East Indian recipe of fresh Dungeness Crab with avocado, tomato, onion and fennel seed served with crispy wantons.
Ahi Tartar- diced fresh Ahi Tuna mixed with lemongrass, chilies, and onion with green papaya slaw. This was great, an excellent choice. This was our favorite dish. Nothing like we had ever had before. Lovely presentation and fabulous taste.
Papaya & Avocado with Asian greens, mint Thai basil and sweet and hot vinaigrette.
Malaysian Shrimp Noodle- a savory combination of tender prawns, fresh summer vegetables, red curry paste, bean sprouts and coconut milk served over a crispy noodle cake.
Wood Fired Plates
Crispy wood oven roasted Javanese Salmon- fresh Pacific salmon glazed with a traditional Indonesian chili and soy marinade, served with fresh spinach and jasmine rice. Beautiful presentation and prepared perfectly.
Grilled Ahi Tuna- sushi grade ahi marinated and then grilled rare and served with a sweet chili soy sauce, jasmine rice and baby bok choy. A very excellent choice.
Filipino Adobo Pork Tenderloin glazed with a sweet and smoky adobo sauce, served with jasmine rice and fresh baby spinach.
Brulee Sampler- included 3 types Coconut, Ginger and Chocolate. The Coconut Brulee was like none we had ever tasted and was delicious, out of this world!
Rum Soaked Spongecake with Coconut Cream & Mascarpone Finished with Chocolate Sauce
Saigon by Night
Tahitian Vanilla Bean Gelato, Espresso, Hazelnut Syrup, and Fresh Cream and Crisp E & O Cookies.
Cabernet Glazed Poached Pear with Black Peppercorns. A true fruit treat.
E & O Trading Company is a fun and festive exotic restaurant that lends itself to civilized dining. The South Asian cuisine allowed us to experience flavors that wed never had before. The preparation from lands such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, East India and Thailand all accomplished with fresh local ingredients all under one roof was fantastic. Youll have a good time and enjoy the atmosphere and the exotic cuisine. This is a "good time" restaurant!