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6 Degrees on Solano (long review)

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6 Degrees on Solano (long review)

La Chispa | May 7, 2006 01:27 AM

So after walking by 6 Degrees about a month ago and deciding that, based on the crowd and the menu, it wasn't worth a try, we decided to stop in tonight after savoring the $1 oysters deal at Sea Salt. We should have trusted our initial instincts.

First off, the hostess was wearing flip-flops. Don't get me wrong, I love my flip-flops, but I would not even think of wearing them to my job as a house manager of a theatre company, let alone as a hostess of a restaurant. Item number one.

Item number two: The food. We ordered four items: 1) ceviche, 2) saffron rice croquettes, 3) seared ahi tuna, and 4) seared cocktail scallops. The ceviche was disappointing -- a few pieces of fish tossed with salsa that left a weird film on the martini glass afterwards. The saffron rice croquettes were beyond disappointing. I have never had to add salt to a dish at a supposedly decent restaurant until tonight. The croquettes, despite being deep fried, were flavorless, and contained equally flavorless rice, cheese, and unidentifiable meat inside. I tried to spice them up with the accompanying aioli (basil and lemon maybe?), but to no avail. Salt to the rescue. Things improved somewhat with the scallops. There were four, seared nicely, but they were unforunately topped with unnecessary onions. We scraped them off and the scallops were decent on their own. Our favorite dish, although not enough to bring us back, was the seared ahi tuna. The tuna was slightly over-seared, placed on a bed of greens, and topped with avocado, blood oranges, onions, and strings of fried sweet potato (faintly resembling fried tumbleweed). The wasabi oil was a very nice addition to the tuna, although again, we thought that the onions and other random items added were distracting and unnecessary.

Item number three: the discombobulated feel of the resturant and its focus. We were a little confused about who 6 Degrees is catering to. When we arrived there was a group of maybe twenty or so high school or early college teenagers about to launch a surprise party. OK, maybe we were too old for the place? Then there was odd piano music playing in the background, and that, combined with the dated carpet, brought us to the conclusion that the target clientelle was significantly older than us (we are in our late 20s and 30s). Then we discovered the great cosmo deal (2 for $6, probably the best thing at the restaurant), and became even more confused about who they were catering to. 20 or 30-somethings looking for cosmos, or an older crowd? There were numerous, generally harmless, oversights with the service (although quite frieldy, they took our plates away before we were completely finished, etc.), and that too added to the confusion we felt about what identity the restaurant was attempting to cultivate.

Unforunately the overall quality of the food was not up to par, and certainly not enough to make up for the identity confusion and oversights on service. Needless to say, we will not return to 6 Degrees, except for a couple of cosmos before moving on to, for instance, Ben Dean, a restaurant with a much better deal and great food.

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