Here's what Post Hoc says about Vivande:
"Some of the best food in the City is at Vivande in Pacific Heights (also found downtown). Vivande is a small, narrow restaurant, which also sells fine cheeses, cookbooks and wines. It is altogether charming: the napkins are cloth, the tablecloth is paper over cloth, and, on the night we attended, the owner busses tables.
Although we were served hearty, strong but soft bread and butter while we made up our minds, we also ordered a spinach salad and a specialty appetizer of mushrooms. The salad has incredible spinach you cannot find in a store served with a soft vinagriette, feta cheese and pine nuts. But the mushrooms stole the show. The mushrooms were sliced, sauteed with garlic, lemon and anchovies, and brought to the table encased in a flaky, phyllo envelope.
Deciding on an entree is very hard here with wonderful sounding chicken, pork and even a chilean sea bass special dishes. Even the risottos are special--made with portobello mushrooms or asparagus. My chicken breast was juicy and sweet and especially good with the accompanying fava beans in balsamic, roast tomato and steamed spinach. The pork loin was just as tasty, and stuffed with pancetta for added flavor and texture. The pork came with chard as delicious as any spinach.