With the temperature dropping, it is time to break out your ugly sweaters and your holiday appetite.  For those readers who cannot tell a whisk from a wrench, do not fear; SF Station has you covered.  The list of restaurants offering special Christmas menus is longer than Santa’s naughty children list, but we have paired it down to three spots worth a second look.

Ame: This Michelin rated restaurant known for respectable Asian fusion cuisine in an upscale ambiance should be on the list.  Its $95 five course menu honors land and sea, with roasted absinthe-blanched lamb chops, truffle jus and chestnut and celery root puree balanced by seared scallop served with savoy cabbage and caviar.  Mint candied vanilla glaze and deviled chocolate cake with eggnog salt finishes off the meal.


Luce: SF Station showcased Luce chef, Dominique Crenn, in last week’s feature article, http://www.sfstation.com/dominique-crenn-a33621Luce’s contemporary American cuisine with a French twist pays homage to seasonal offerings.  Crenn has crafted a $70 prix fixe menu with dishes like smoke sturgeon mouse and caviar blini, chestnut and sunchoke soup enlivened with herbs Chantilly, and leg of lamb au jus with roast garlic.


A16: Local Marina spot is hosting a Christmas Eve menu titled the Feast of Seven Fishes from 4PM to 9PM on December 24th.  As the name implies, this multi-course event is a seafood-centric affair delivering traditional Southern Italian cuisine with just the right amount of holiday celebration.  Crab sformato with rapini and Calabrian chiles and whole salt baked dorade with kale and potato gratinata will entice crowds to Chestnut St. For $75, ditch the kitchen duties and save energy for last minute tree trimming.


Anne Pao is a contributing food writer for SF Station.com.  When she is not satisfying carnivorous tendencies, you can find her adventuring in the Bay area outdoors.  For more Pao reads check out her blog at http://sftaoofpao.com