Chef Adrian Garcia and Liam

(Photo credit: Foodie Chap/Liam Mayclem)

Chef Adrian Garcia's Fish & Chips Stops The Foodie Chap In His Tracks

Liam Mayclem
June 25, 2019 - 11:54 am

Chef Adrian Garcia
(Photo credit: Foodie Chap/Liam Mayclem)
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS RADIO) — As Executive Chef at Commons Club San Francisco, Chef Adrian Garcia  draws on his experience from world-class restaurants to showcase globally-inspired modern California cuisine within the restaurant at Virgin Hotels San Francisco. 

Influenced at a young age by his family’s culinary traditions (Ireland, Mexico and The Philippines), Chef Adrian honed his skills at several Southern Californian mainstays including award-winning restaurant, Addison in San Diego.

Since moving to San Francisco in 2012, he  has quickly made his mark on the culinary scene  rising through the  ranks at many of the city’s most renowned restaurants.  Prior to joining the team to open Commons Club, Chef Adrian worked at Benu and then led the kitchen at Quince Restaurant as Chef De Cuisine – both restaurants earned three Michelin stars and four stars from the San Francisco Chronicle, respectively. 

Most recently, Chef Adrian was involved as a consultant with San Francisco newcomer, Stonemill Matcha. 
 
His  use of hyper-local California ingredients combined with a wide array of culinary techniques will culminate in a modern  yet whimsical style of cooking, making Commons  Club  a prime destination for  both local Bay Area food lovers and culinary-minded travelers alike, providing a new take on the modern social club. 

Chef Adrian Garcia's Fish & Chips
(Photo credit: Foodie Chap/Liam Mayclem)

So many tasty offerings on the menu but the one dish that stopped me in my tracks: Fish & Chips - no soggy chips wrapped in newspaper with lashings of vinegar here. Instead a fresh modern twist on a classic: 
Fish+ Chips: ōra king salmon, kumquat, pink lady apple with salmon skin deep fried. A brilliant bold take on a beloved classic British dish and I loved every single thing about . 

Saddle up to the Commons Club bar prior or post your dinner reservation. Choose from an impressive cocktail menu bursting at the gills with creativity, fun & whimsy. My fave, the PRIDE cocktail - a perfect addition for the month of June and San Francisco Pride.

Wrap up your night at the Virgin Hotel with a trip to the rooftop bar with unparalleled views of the San Francisco skyline and killer cocktails to boot. Heat lamps will shoo away Karl the Fog and keep you warm on those nippy San Francisco summer nights.

Fancy staying the night? The rooms are compact and bijou but have everything you need for a comfy stay from mood lighting, shades that transform a bright room to full blackout. If lucky, you will likely get a room with a view - a million dollar view of our shiny, shimmering, city by the Bay - a world away from the grimy, gritty streets below.

Plus a fully stocked bar with pre-made cocktails. My fave feature in the room... the "YES" button on the phone where all requests are met with a ...."YES!!" I ordered the Full English for breakfast... another lovely twist the beans and runny egg centered in stacked brioche toast. It came warm within 20 minutes of ordering to my room with a perfect pot of English tea to wash it all down. Full marks Virgin - got this one spot on!!

So do yourself a favor and treat yourself and the one you love to dinner and an overnight stay at the new kid on the block, Virgin Hotel San Francisco - you’ll be bloody happy you did.

Enjoy my chinwag with Chef Adrian Garcia taped recently at the rooftop bar at Virgin Hotel San Francisco.

Cheers and HAPPY PRIDE!
 
- Liam

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COMMON CLUB'S COCKTAIL CELEBRATING PRIDE
'GOD SAVE THE QUEENS'

Chef Garcia's 'God Save The Queens'
Ingredients:

  • x2 Jefferson’s commons club reserve
  • x1 Queen syrup
  • .5 Lemon
  • .25 Cranberry

Garnish Instructions: Colored straw and approx 15 Boba; two lime wheels with half slits puzzle pieced together.

 
Available on the cocktail menu, now at Commons Club with 10% sales go to www.sfpride.org.
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