Restaurants & Bars San Francisco Bay Area

Cafe Claude

510jeff | | Jun 11, 2008 12:09 PM

Little report from a pescatarian- CA kosher style.

Went to Cafe Claude last night looking for a light dinner outside on a beautiful evening and were seated at one of the outdoor tables in Claude Alley. I must say the alley was very clean. I don't know why Cafe Claude has the umbrellas up on a beautiful evening, perhaps the pigeons but they made me feel claustrophobic. We ordered two salads, an endive and fried squash blossom. The endive salad was very attractive looking, a teepee shaped mound of belgian endive dressed with a blue cheese dressing, candied nuts, a few dried fruits- the portion was good sized and you need all those goodies because endives are boring. In fact we didn't finish the salad because they are so boring and ran out of goodies. personally, it was a better looking salad than tasting. The fried squash blossoms were filled with feta and they surrounded a mound of fresh arugloa with a roasted red pepper coulis rining the plate- this was the better choice. I think they were both around $10/ ea. We then shared a trout amandine. I am no fan of trout but the only other fish on the menu was tuna and due to health concerns we're not eating it. The trout (+/-20) was a red fleshed fish with slivered almonds and mushrooms on top. I would not order it again- not that it was offensive or anything it is a marginal tasting fish in my opinion and with a whole butterflied trout I'd say there is about maybe 4 oz of flesh. We shared a glass of Ramsay pinot (+/-$10). Good bread & butter is served. The bill was $75 tax and tip included. Make your own decisions but $75 to eat light in an alley ...It is not vegetarian or pescatarian friendly in my opinion.

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