KUROBUTA (BERKSHIRE) PORK CHOP
Berkshire pigs, called Kurobuta in Japan, are big black hogs that make phenomenal pork chops, bacon, and other meaty treats. They’re thought to be the oldest breed of pig from Britain. Kurobuta pigs have been finding their way through fine American restaurants, thankfully, to be served up by masterful chefs.
The House in SF’s North Beach District serves up one of the best pork chops I’ve had in 2009, and a likely meatmeister award-winning dish for this year.
Awesome Kurobuta Pork Chop – The House, SF
First of all, the dish is beautiful and vibrant with a jet-black and orange swirl, plus bright green, purple, yellow and white on the plate. The purple and yellow potato crisps extend up from the back of the chop like a manic koi tail; this makes the thick body of the prok chop look like a prehistoric sea-beast plunging into the inky tar pits. The pomegranate-current sauce really resembles tar pits, or a runaway oil slick, its purpleness darker than night. Slicing through the pork chop is like slicing through time. Each morsel is otherworldly.
Kurobuta pork chop (detail), The House – SF
The pork chop is perfectly grilled and thankfully, the pomegranate-curry sauce is not sweet. The mashed-up potatoes propping up the chop are that right mix of slightly chunky but smooth. The potatoes and a couple asparagus spears cut the richness of the dish well, and the crispy purple potato sliver offers another textural contrast. A mix of New American and Asian flavors in perfect balance, the Kurobuta pork chop is terrific.
THE GRADE: Awesome (highest grade)
THE DAMAGE: $21
1230 Grant Ave (at Broadway St)
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (415) 986-8612
The House, North Beach, SF