Zare at Flytrap: Persian inspired Mediterranean food in SF

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I love Mediterranean food. I realize that the term “Mediterranean” encompasses the cuisines of many regions around the Med but that’s exactly what many restaurants are cooking these days, including The Flytrap which is back in action after Hoss Zaré took over the kitchen. What makes Zaré at Flytrap one of my favorites in San Francisco? The food is indeed very “Med” but it’s got a lot of strong Persian influences. Not surprising given that Hoss Zaré was born in Tabriz, Persia.

My favorite dishes are the pistachio meatballs with a honey pomegranate glaze, lamb shank abgusht with flageolet beans and torshi (a piquant Persian pickled vegetable relish), grilled sardines, and sumac couscous salad. The service is close to perfect: attentive without being intrusive. Most SF restaurant staff tend to rush you, keep pouring water every 5 minutes and generally disturb your dining experience. Not here. Zaré knows how to serve his guests.

  • Vibe: elegant, French bistro interiors; quiet enough to have conversations with your dining partners, lots of privacy in the back room.
  • Pros: Persian-influenced cooking, fresh Mediterranean food; excellent service – the staff do not rush you and they are not intrusive. They are attentive to your needs.
  • Cons: nothing I can think of.

Zaré at Flytrap
606 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

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