location: House of Prime Rib (San Francisco, CA)
1906 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94109
I’ve wanted to try this place for a while, and finally got to this time. The menu is concise and simple - your choice of prime rib (thin or thick cut), and your choice of sides. They actually also serve fish, but I guess if you come here, you should be coming for the beef.
First at the table is some bread with a knife stabbed in. Well, that’s nice isn’t it.
A lot of their utensils and silverware have their name imprinted on. So you know exactly where you are eating. A good knife is definitely necessary when eating a hunk of meat.
Before the meat comes, we are served various starters. First, some cornbread. The buttermilk really comes through, which is good for some, but I don’t love the taste of buttermilk. The cornbread has a nice, slightly crisp exterior and was fluffy inside.
Next, some salad. The salad is mixed with the dressing by the table. The server spins the bowl fast while mixing everything together. I just wish the greens were fresher and crisper.
And finally, for the main course, the prime rib. It is sliced and served tableside with your choice of sides. I got creamed spinach and mashed potatoes.
They also give 3 different kinds of horseradish on the side with varying degrees of spiciness. I like the spicy one - goes great with the prime rib.
The prime rib was really tender and juicy, and the juices/sauce at the bottom was really flavorful as well. Along with the spicy horseradish, it was wonderful. The creamed spinach and mashed potatoes are both on the heavy side as sides, so this meal is definitely not for the faint of heart. They also give a piece of yorkshire pudding as well, which is crisp on the outside, slightly chewy and also goes great soaking up the juices from the beef.
I think most people at the table were unable to finish the whole plate. But I just kept going. I generally finish what’s in front of me (and plus, it was delicious and I thought it would taste best on the spot). After I finished though, I found myself feeling increasingly hot. I finally knew what Adam Richman from Man vs. Food meant when he experienced the “meat sweats.”
overall quality: 8/10
desire to return: 8.5/10