Noisette (SF)

When I started this blog, I set out to write primarily about food and music. Several years passed, the interests that inspired me tended to change, and, well, I started writing about anything I felt like writing about. Leave it to Noise Pop to create an event that brings me back to my focus. Noisette, which was held at Public Works in San Francisco last Saturday, was an event dedicated to sampling food prepared by some of the city’s finest chefs while listening to great music. Really, who could ask for more? For the price of the regular admission, you were given a punch card to sample nine dishes, all while listening to music or drinking to your heart’s content.

Unfortunately, my arrival to San Francisco was slightly delayed so my partner in crime and I did not make it to the event until about an hour into the event. For the food, this wasn’t a problem as the plates were being served throughout the event. We did miss the first performance, however.

The Food

I guess I should start with the food. Everything there was great. I did not dislike anything I tried on Saturday. My experiences with these restaurants have been very limited. The only one I’ve been to is Monk’s Kettle. After Saturday, however, I think I need to make a point of going to all of these restaurants because the food that I sampled was quite delicious. I guess if Noise Pop people even look at this the only complaint I have is that the veggie-friendly options were very limited. This is the Bay Area! You would have expected there to be more veggie-friendlines here of all places. Felt a little bad for my veggie partner in crime who got her fair share of slaws (not that they were bad at all). Beyond that, I loved the food.
[1] Bar Crudo

We started at Bar Crudo’s table. We actually thought we were in line for Monk’s Kettle, but all good. The listed menu said that there would be some mussel dish, but they had halibut. It was good halibut and I enjoyed it, but it was very much overshadowed by what the other tables were offering.

[2] Monk’s Kettle

From Monk’s Kettle, we got rib eye and beans on a cole slaw. The rib eye was pretty standard, but the beans were great and I absolutely loved the cole slaw. The slaw could have stood alone, which I guess was the requirement for veggies who attended the event.

[3]  Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous

Root beer float with vanilla ice cream. I didn’t expect to enjoy this one as much as I did, but hot damn. The root beer was great, yeah, but that was some of the best vanilla ice cream I’ve had. Also made for a great treat while watching Craft Spells.

[4] Namu Gaji

“Korean Fried Chicken.” After a brief hiatus to watch Craft Spells, we resumed our food sampling at Namu Gaji. I love Korean fried chicken, so I was particularly excited about this dish.  I loved it, but it tasted very similar to most Korean fried chicken that I’ve tried before. Turning it into a sandwich was a nice touch, though. Loved the kimchi too, but I felt like we were kind of shafted on that end. I’m Korean! You can’t short me on kimchi!!

[5] Flour + Water

Carta di Musica with rabbit and peach mostarda. I was kind of scared about this dish. The concept behind this one was that it would incorporate three different types of rabbit meat with peach mostarda. I’d tried mostarda before. And by try, I mean struggle to swallow it so as not to offend my grandfather during Christmas dinner in Italy. In other words, not the biggest fan. Also the semi picky eater in me was scared of the prospect of eating rabbit liver. Turns out, this was one of my favorite dishes of the evening. It worked so well together and was absolutely delicious.

[6] Garcon

Seafood gumbo with andoille sausage. Really, who doesn’t love a warm bowl of gumbo? I left the table wanting more!
[7] Commonwealth

Grilled lamb cheek with cucumber and tomato dashi. I’m not really a big fan of lamb, but I loved the rest of it. It was a refreshing follow up to the gumbo I had just eaten.

[8] Graffeats

Char siew chicken bao with lemon verbena aioli, green chili sambal, pickled radish slaw. I ate this one embarassingly quickly. Seriously, it was so good! Granted, while my experience with bao is relatively limited, I can say that this was better than the Chairman Truck in terms of quality. Loved it!

[9] The Beast and the Hare

Pork Po’Boy with Watermelon Slaw. Last, but certainly not least, was the Beast and the Hare. This probably hit the spot as my favorite dish of the evening. The pork was perfect and the watermelon slaw was amazing.

The Music

The music at the event was great. As I mentioned before, we missed the first band. The ones that we did see were great and added a fantastic touch to this event.

[1] Craft Spells

Craft Spells was the first band we saw. They were pretty fun to watch. My friend said it best when she said they sounded like a cross between Peter Bjorn and John and Keane. They were fun and entertaining and, as I said earlier, made for a great accompaniment to my delicious root beer float.

[2] Pillow Fight

Who’d have known that Emily Wells’ voice would go well with a hip hop sound? I didn’t for sure. I loved watching them perform. I did admittedly feel a little bad while watching them, however. My friend who was supposed to be at the event and I have been big fans of Emily Wells for quite some time and have been meaning to see her live. Couldn’t help feel a bit guilty as I watched her perform without my friend. Maybe next time.
[3] The Dodos

This was the third time I’ve seen the Dodos. The first time, I saw them do a free show at Amoeba Records, where the acoustics were not so great. I next saw them open for the New Pornographers, where I would have enjoyed their performance much more if some random drunk girl hadn’t decided to spend their entire set talking about me about who knows what. Yup, I’m definitely a social butterfly. I think there’s something about the band that makes me a magnet for strange drunk people, because some random drunk guy did make some event photographer take a picture of us. I was uncomfortable. My friend was uncomfortable. The photographer was uncomfortable. I think the only one who enjoyed himself was the drunk guy.

In any case, this  was a great performance by the band. They sounded great. I was only interrupted by a drunk person once. And I was carrying several pounds of raw pig with me. Yes, did I neglect to mention that I won some raffle put on by the Beast and the Hare and brought home some pig parts? It got turned into daeji bulgogi because I am, in fact, Korean.

All in all, Noisette was a great event and I hope I can attend next year.


2 responses

  1. Great job on the food photos! Are you shooting manually?

  2. Thanks! These were done manually. Love my camera 🙂

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