Recently, we shared six must-try Scandinavian dishes at the treasure of a restaurant, Plaj, near Civic Center (and ideal for pre-show meals at SFJazz, the symphony, ballet or opera). Whether artful aged herring or aromatic lobster, gratifying ox cheek or ridiculously comforting potato dumpling kumla, there is much to love on chef Roberth Sundell's menu.
Hot Dish: Winter comfort is exemplified in the wild boar belly ($24), a generous entree of fall-apart tender belly meat that any pork belly fan would love. The meat is excellent on its own but it is horseradish-redolent Swedish mash (typically a root mash of parsnips, rutabaga, turnips), Brussels sprouts leaves and mustard jus laced with mustard seeds that makes the heartily elegant dish sing.
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