Flour + Water

Restaurant Review: Flour + Water
Crowd: Mixed. Groups of Trendy Women and Men and Couples
Vibe: Lively and Energetic
Music: Dance music with strings and soft trance-like vocals
Decor: Dim lighting, urban yet earthy: refurbished, repurposed and reclaimed. All artwork is done by local artists: Jessica Niello, Jay Tyrrell
Layout: Long and narrow, small bar and communal table. Seats accommodating up to six.
Neighborhood: An abandoned corner of the Mission
Service: Unpretentious
Portion Size: Pizza for two/three, entrees for one/two
Imbibe: Beer and wine only
Enjoy: Pizzas and Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossom!
Waist Slimmer: Mushroom Brodo
Price: $147.47; 4 people, 1 bottle red wine, Roasted Beets, Mushroom Brodo, 2 Ricotta Squash Blossom + 1 extra blossom,  Margherita Pizza + Egg, Salmon, Chicken, Cappuccino, Espresso, and Budino

Seems like a hidden gem in an unknown part of town, except everyone has heard about this place and it’s nearly impossible to get a seat.  Unless if you make reservations long ahead of time on OpenTable or get there 10 minutes before their doors open at 5:30PM or when the crowd has passed on a weeknight at 10:00PM. Apparently, even Steve Jobs could not snag a seat at Flour + Water.  The restaurant is small, with only a handful of seats at the communal table. Their star dishes are obviously the pizzas. Eat them while they are hot, otherwise they will taste ordinary. The toppings are perfectly chosen and executed. We loved the squash blossom so much that we ordered a second with an extra squash blossom. (A little disappointing that the entire dish only had one squash blossom!) The quality of their produce is phenomenal. We had the seared sockeye salmon, but later found out that it could be on the endangered list.  Though, having an endangered fish on their menu would gravely contradict their local and sustainable vision, so please check with your server before ordering. I was very disappointed with the chocolate budino dessert, which our waitress recommended as the must-have for first timers. The overall experience was incredible.

The layout is long and narrow.

The bar is small and is subjected to the waitlist also

Reclaimed wood

Lighting is dim

Each table is lit with a candle in a lab beaker

Food:

Bardolino

Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossom- roasted corn, blistered sweet 100's & padron pepper

The squash blossom = orgasam in your mouth

Mushroom Brodo- parmigiano fritter, chanterelle, summer squash, vidalia onions

Margherita- tomato, basil, fior di latte, extra virgin olive oil + farm egg

Roasted Chicken Breast- corn, lard roasted potatoes, pancetta, arugula

Roasted Beets- arugula and ricotta salata

Seared Sockeye Salmon- wax beans, cherry tomato, minted squash puree, chili, napolitano basil

Chocolate Budino- espresso caramel cream and sea salt

Perfect foam on the cappuccino

Espresso

Flour + Water l 2401 Harrison Street San Francisco, CA 94110 l 415- 826-7000