Monday, February 04, 2013

Excellent Scandinavian Food in Civic Center

Potato dumplings, smoked salmon, herring, venison, Swedish meatballs, and many other Scandinavian-inspired dishes are among your dinner choices at Plaj (pronounced "play"), a six-month old restaurant in Civic Center.  Foods are grouped according to their origin:  earth (vegetables), sea, and land.  Small and large plates are offered, making sharing easy.  

Being intrigued by all of the different flavors, we opted to share 3 small plates and one large dish.  Everything was delicious.  My wife, who loves lobster, was especially fond of the poached lobster with caviar, avocado, horseradish, and chili.  We were too full to try any of the intriguing desserts.

Plaj has an extensive selection of Scandinavian beers; mostly in the bottle with a couple on tap.  There's also a good list of Scandinavian-inspired cocktails as well as spirits from Norway, Denmark, and Sweden.  The wine list is small but adequate.

Plaj is located at 333 Fulton Street; close to the Opera House, Symphony Hall, and the new SF Jazz Center.  If you're attending a concert or performance at one of these venues, Plaj is a good spot for a pre-show dinner.  The kitchen is open until 10:30 on Sundays through Thursdays and 11:00 on Fridays and Saturdays, so you can dine after your show on weekends.

For something  a little different, give Plaj a try.  You won't be disappointed.

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