Dinner at Son of a Gun


Cherry Soda

Happy Wednesday, loves!  Thought you might enjoy some pix from our dinner at Son of a Gun on Monday.  Isn’t the name the best?

If you’re in the mood for old-fashioned seashore drinks like Angus’ cherry soda in a glass bottle and the kind of buttery seafood that brings heavy fisherman sweaters, wellies and bottles of malt scotch to mind (or is that just my fantasy?), then add Son of a Gun to your list.

nectarine Poke

We started out with hiramasa poke with yuzu, orange, white nectarine and serrano.   It was the only dish we ordered that was fresh and dainty.   It was every bit as delicious as it looked.  Son of a Gun serves all small plates and I really recommend ordering a few fresh dishes like this one.  The flavors are bold in general and this acted like a palate cleanser between courses, revving us up for the next.

Shrimp Toast

Shrimp toast, shrimp toast, shrimp toast.  The one dish everyone says is a must-have.  Yes, that is deep-fried bread.  Yes, that’s mayo.  Yes, it squirts (with a noise!) when you bite in.  Yes, I ate it and yes I had to close my eyes and squirm until the joy in my mouth took over.

Our table neighbors ordered it for dessert : ).

Mussels in fennel broth

Hi there, mussels in very fennel broth and deep-friend bread part deux.  We loved you.

peel & eat shrimp

The menu fails to mention that these peel & eat shrimp are seasoned with a curry that burns deliciously and seeps its way into every line and crevice in your fingers.  I’ve never been dirtier while eating.  I wish I had a picture but my fingers were too stained to handle the camera and if I had slowed my pace, well, I might have missed a shrimp.  Not a risk I was willing to take.  The remains of those demolished crustaceans were whisked away and waiters brought us warm, lemon-scented towels and fresh Heath plates.  It was all so fast and furious it almost seemed like it didn’t happen.  But I still have the hennaed hands to remind me.

Brandad and poached egg

Who can resist a poached egg on top of anything?  Not me.  This brandade was covered in a shallot melt with grainy mustard then topped with a beautifully cooked egg.  All ingredients I love and have never had together.  SO rich.  I needed aother poke before moving on.

frozen lime yogurt, graham crumble, toasted meringue

Deconstructed desserts are iffy, you know?  You usually end up wondering why anyone bothered taking apart elements that work so beautifully together.  But this, my friends, was food deconstruction at its best. Frozen key lime yogurt, graham crumble and toasted brown meringue that was soft and gooey underneath.  All you have to do is spoon a bit of the first two and swipe it into the meringue.  Each component was amped up–the coldest, tartest yogurt, the crunchiest crust, etc.– that breaking the dessert apart made me appreciate the elements far more than I would have in a classic key lime tart.  It made me think.

Now, Son of a Gun is not for those who are meek about fats and salts.  It’s restaurant food and not to be confused for something you would make at home.  There are a lot of butter and sea salt bombs, the kind you relish remembering with a mock-groan years later. I’ve warned you, now go.






6 Comments on Dinner at Son of a Gun

  1. Lydia
    August 17, 2011 at 8:28 am (11 years ago)

    AMAZING pics and description SL, love it all.


  2. katie
    August 17, 2011 at 9:01 am (11 years ago)

    looks divine! can’t believe you ate mayo

  3. Halie
    August 17, 2011 at 10:12 am (11 years ago)

    “I needed another poke before moving on.” Sounds like a fun dinner indeed! 😉

    Thanks for the Weds food porn. Everything looks amazing.


  4. Julie & Lauren
    August 17, 2011 at 10:32 am (11 years ago)

    Omg, the descriptions and pictures are so exquisite that I feel like I actually ate the meal! I’m drooling over the key lime– my fav : ) And yes, katie, I can’t believe she ate mayo! Did you really??

  5. Sarah
    August 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm (11 years ago)

    I did. I tasted it. Not planning to do it again but glad I did this once! Angus had to practically hold my hand. xo

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