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What’s the Next Level in Dog Pampering?

What’s the Next Level in Dog Pampering? –  Dogs in San Francisco may feel like they’ve hit a Jackpot Capital Bonus bonanza when their masters and mistresses treat them to an evening out –

at Dogue, a SF fine dining eatery that features a $75 tasting menu for starters and much more in the entrée section.

Dogue is located in the Mission District on Valencia Street. It serves “dogguccionos” and pastries during the day and a three-course tasting menu on the Sunday Bone Appetit Café where $75 gets your canine an all-s/he-can-eat meal.

Owner Rahmi Massarweh is a trained chef. He wants his customers to enjoy fresh and raw food – the same kind that he has been serving his own dogs since they were puppies.

His signature dishes include dishes with ingredients like duck, tripe and wild antelope including his famous hand-cut filet mignon tartare topped with a poached quail egg.

French pastry chef Cedric Grolet whips up cakes and other delicacies that swap out butter and sugar for braised chicken and grass-fed cream.

Observers point out that there’s little surprise that the country’s first dog restaurant opened in San Francisco –

a city where vet clinics do genetic testing on the pups, pet owners join members-only vet clinics and dogs outnumber children.

Massarweh, who worked in the food industry until 2015, felt that the time had come to expand the opportunities that dog owners had to cater to their pets.

He opened a doggie-day-care and started feeding his charges the same food that he gave to his own pets.

Slowly, he realized that his human clients were appreciative of his efforts and that led him to open Dogue.

Dogue’s recipes are tested on Massarweh’s own 4 dogs — Luna, a hyperactive 10-year-old rescue, Sir Wellington, a young Lhasa Apso, Grizzly, a 12-year-old English mastiff and Achilles, a 200-pound English mastiff.

He watches for their reactions to see which dishes are worth moving ahead with and which are best forgotten.

Raw food diets for dogs are controversial but Massarweh works with an integrative, holistic veterinarian to develop dog-safe delicacies.

Menu

Some of the most popular items on the menu include chicken soup (made with chicken bones that have been simmered for 8 hours), slices of braised chicken breasts infused with chaga mushrooms.

chicken-skin waffles served on a globe-shaped coconut charcoal custard, pastured egg yolk in a green spirulina meringue and decorated with flower petals, organic beef chuck steak with fermented carrots and beets.

green-lipped mussels with fermented carrots and wheatgrass, petit gâteau — a rose-shaped cake filled with wild venison heart and savory beef liver flan set in an eggshell with a side of liver.

“What we do doesn’t generally exist,” Massarweh told the Los Angeles Times. “My approach is as if it were a human restaurant.

It’s as if you have come into my restaurant, and the star guest is your dog.” Masssarweh says that he approaches Dogue as though it was a human restaurant.

“Eating fresh food is the whole point, whether or not we dress it up and garnish it or plate it… It’s a simple philosophy. Feed fresh, whole food that is in season and as close to its natural source as possible….

For me and my wife, there’s nothing we wouldn’t do for our family, for our dogs. They give us so much. The most I can do is make them a meal that looks good.”

Massarweh also works with his dogs’ veterinarians to ensure the meals he crafts include only dog-safe ingredients and are properly balanced nutritionally.

He helps dog owners craft diets for their pets that are nutritionally sound, yet tasty. This includes dogs who have health issues or allergies.

Mishka

It may seem ironic that San Francisco, with its large homeless population, should have a restaurant that caters to dogs but the demand is there.

Dogue may be the first dog-restaurant in San Francisco but there’s also a high-end dog bakery in the city, Mishka, that has two SF locations.

Mishka produces gourmet doggie treats that have no filler, no sugar, no preservatives, no artificial colors, no GMO and no antibiotics.

The products are never frozen. Customers can buy chicken, beef, turkey or lamb “bubbles,” pinwheels, hearts and diamonds in candy-shapes, cookies or as birthday cakes.

Their glazes contain agar agar, a natural extraction from algae which, they say, has been proven to help strengthen a dog’s bones, joints and teeth. The bakery’s organic vegetable juices add essential vitamins to the diet.

Precedent or not, Dogue’s admirers support Massarweh in his mission to feed “fresh, seasonal quality whole food one meal at a time.”

Jason Villacampa, owner of two satisfied corgis, told the San Francisco Times.

“Food is a love language, and I think it’s another way to kind of express and share love with your dog. It’s a way to take care of them and share healthy but fun food as well.”

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