The Blue Plate is one of very few full service restaurants using LevelUp (doh, correction, they used to be on LevelUp, but it looks like they are no longer listed. They didn't seem all that familiar with it when I was there, so I'm guessing it just wasn't a big hit). Anyway, Blue Plate is a casual, neighborhood, "New American" restaurant located in Bernal Heights.
I didn't take much notice of the interior of the restaurant, because it was a rare, ridiculously warm day in San Francisco, and I was seated out in their spectacular outside garden. If I recall correctly, inside was a bar area, and some regular tables. Nice enough, but nothing compared to the amazing outdoor garden!
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|Peach and Blueberry Bread Pudding / Candied Pecans / Crème Anglaise. $8.|
The presentation was far fancier than I was expecting for a place with such a neighborhood feel, with a peach puree on one half of the plate, and crème anglaise on the other. The peach puree was very sweet, but really helped enhance the flavor of the overall dish. The crème anglaise had flecks of black in it, which I'm guessing was vanilla bean, but it didn't really have any vanilla flavor. It was fairly disappointing, not really offering up any creaminess nor flavor. I think whipped cream would have paired better.
The bread pudding itself was served lukewarm. I would have liked it hotter, as only the edges were warm, and the center was still cold. The top was nice and crispy, but the interior was kinda just there. It wasn't dry, but it also didn't have the moistness I like in a good bread pudding. It also seemed to be solid, rather than made up of chunks of bread, although the top did seem like bread cubes, so I'm not really sure what was going on there. It had a few blueberries and nectarine sliced baked into it, but not many. They were moist and flavorful, but the rest of the pudding didn't have a lot of flavor. It had some cinnamon spicing to it as well.
On top were a few candied pecans and thin slices of peach. The peaches were actually the best part of the dessert, perfectly ripe, really flavorful.
Overall, this was just mediocre. I can't really pinpoint what was off about it, I think the consistency and temperature of the pudding were the biggest issues. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. It was leagues better than the horrible bread pudding I had at Soma Inn Cafe though!
The size of the dessert was perfect. If I'd just had dinner, I could have easily split it with someone and been satisfied. As I was alone and just wanting a "snack", it was slightly bigger than I wanted, but just barely. I really appreciated that it wasn't too dainty nor jumbo sized. And $8 for a dessert of this calibre was totally justified. I wouldn't get this again, but I'd like to try more of these desserts.