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Bocanova at Jack London Square


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Bocanova at Jack London Square

singleguychef | | Nov 12, 2009 12:28 PM

I didn't see a post specifically on this place so thought I'd start one up. I ate here a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed it although the service was a bit mix. (Bauer in the Chron also came out with a review of Bocanova this week and spent some time talking about the service too.)

This is actually a really handsome restaurant, quite large so lively. What's cool is that there are different spaces through the places that will offer up a different dining experience. As you walk in from the side entrance, there's the bar with friendly bartender. To the right is a dining area that's very elegant with a communal table. On the side are counter seating where you can sit and watch the cooks firing up food. It looks really fun and cozy. Then past the bar to the left is the second half of the dining room with window views, and then finally ther's the patio which has covered tables and outdoor heater lamps and of course the view of the bay.

The food is actually very interesting. The menu is broken up into sections depending on where the food is prepared, ie raw bar, salads, rotisserie, la plancha, etc. It's a mix of small and large plates, but I would say it's kind of medium. I think for the price and the size of food, it's a pretty good deal.

One of my favorite things I ordered was the turkey breast. It came from the rotisserie and just seemed so perfectly cooked. It came with a pumpkin mole. (The chef seems to be really into the seasonal ingredients, so the menu looks like it will change often.)

Also had a really nice wild shrimp ceviche and haurache that was a flatbread. The flavors are fresh and different, and the environment is really enjoyable and not super noisey, so my friend and I had a nice time catching up. I also like the fact that the lighting is nice and not low like a lot of restaurants. I like to see my food!

But they do need to pick up service. Looks like they have a mix of servers with varying degrees of experience. Some are super friendly and others are a bit standoffish. The server we had at our table seemed to keep rushing our dinner, asking if we needed anything else.

Overall, though, I think it's a nice addition to the scene. I feel the food is a bit more exciting than the new Miss Pearl's Jam House.

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