San Francisco: A Fond Farewell to Fifth Floor
Fifth Floor in San Francisco recently closed for renovations. When I heard they were reconcepting, I could not resist having a farewell bite and drinks. Brian Means who runs the bar at Fifth Floor explained his bar will practically double in size. They’re bringing in 90 new whiskeys and so much more. There are plans for a patio and more casual dining. The renovations should take about 3-4 months. They hope to reopen sometime in March or April.
It was a bit chilly so getting the Kyoto Winter Warmer was a natural. Brian picked up and expanded on the flavors found in the whisky focusing on the black cardamon, clove and orange. I liked the slight sweetness the cacao tincture brought.
Kyoto Winter Warmer – Yamazaki 12 year, clove, orange, cacao tincture, black cardamon
We were surprised with a couple of gifts from the kitchen including a really awesome charcuterie plate. I hope this stays on the future menu. There were some things on this platter I’ve never seen on a standard cured meat plate including just beautiful strips of lardo.
We also got a really fresh salad. I do love living in California where the produce is just unmatched during the winter.
Brian asked me what I felt like and I was going fairly light since my main meal was coming soon. He made me his Dutch Kills, named after the famous New York bar. Of all the citrus fruits, I do love grapefruit the best. And particularly pomelo. The genever sour was enhanced with a house-made pomelo cordial and bitters.
Dutch Kills– genever, pomelo cordial, egg white, lemon, bitters
I’ve decided it’s not a bad mission in life to try every pappardelle I come across. I am glad I got a chance to get Fifth Floor’s pappardelle which was the comfort food I needed this night.
Every night Fifth Floor sells tons of burgers from its bar menu. Some nights, they sell out. Luckily there was one left with our name on it. The thick patty was cooked a bit longer than I like but it was still an excellent burger. The fries were very nice and crispy.
Fifth Floor couldn’t let us leave without dessert so out came a Coffee Napoleon. This one features yuzu and it was lovely with the caramel. I’m hoping Fifth Floor — or whatever its new name will be — will re-open by the time I make it back to San Francisco.
Fifth Floor at Hotel Palomar12 4th St., San Francisco, CA 94103 – (415) 348-1555
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