The seasonally minded AQ flips the switch from winter to spring. It will be the third overhaul in AQ’s lifespan...with a (mostly) new menu and new decor.
For spring, the white tablecloths are out and the staff has a whole slate of new uniforms. The color scheme will swap from the winter whites to spring colors like green and pastels...As for the food, a few of the existing menu items will remain.
"The crispy hen egg starter is amazing! The Bergamot tea foam they put on top makes the dish."
"AQ has amazing cocktails. Get the Old Fashioned!"
"Highly recommend the 2009 Domaine du Petit Metris Clos de la Marche Savennieres. This Chenin Blanc is extremely versatile with AQ's food and appeals to both Old World and New World palates."
Say hello to AQ, a brand-new date spot in the former headquarters of the department of health, opening next week in SoMa. Now, we should be clear—it doesn’t really look like a medical lab at all. Sure, there are light fixtures fashioned from old X-ray shades. And wooden stools that may have once supported a mad scientist. Oh, and again: the whole place housed the original department of health (presumably giving them a leg up in the inspection process). But the vibe is more outdoorsy, complete with manzanita trees around the entrance.
Long and narrow, AQ [features] about 60 seats, plus another 22 at the counter and bar. Starters will be in the $9-$13 range, and entrees will cap out at $24; check out the sample menus on the website. The space will feature a lot of exposed brick walls (!), plus wood and stone textures. The decor itself will be seasonal, too, but not as extreme as say, New York’s Park Avenue.