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The Cask in San Carlos -- wine bar


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The Cask in San Carlos -- wine bar

Shane Greenwood | | Dec 19, 2008 06:30 AM

This place has been open for a couple of months and we've checked it out a few times. It is a wine bar with a nice selection of California wines and a limited selection of imports. For quality and variety the wine list good and a welcomed addition to Laurel Street. It's nice to have another place to grab a good glass. Lately it has been mobbed when we go in, I think they are attracting a spill over crowd from Town, which has become quite the crowded scene.

The Cask is worth going for a glass and maybe a cheese plate. Hits were the cheese selection and the snacks like the olives and almonds. Misses were the charcuterie, which was average quality packaged meats and "crostinis" that were too thick to bite without shattering all over and too big to eat in one bite. Biggest miss was the serano ham, which was overly dried and tasted of jerkey. Biggest hit was the lamb sausages, which had nice spice and good lamb flavor. Another disappointment was the flat bread. They serve four slices in one order with a choice of toppings that vary night to night. One night they were hot and crispy. Another night they sat at the pass and arrived soggy in places. What was worse was that the flavors were missing. Our margarita flatbread had big chunks of tasteless tomatoes and a surprisingly tasteless mozzarella. I suspect cheap, Sysco quality ingredients. Nothing suggests that they are using fresh, seasonal, or local ingredients consistently. The salads were okay, but again laking in the flavor department. In a word, I'd call the food uninspired. The biggest problem with that is that they are charging prices comparable to better places. 3 meat charcuterie, 1 salad, 1 flatbread, and 2 glasses of wine came to $70 for 2 people. For that price, we'll be heading to Refuge for food next time. However for a glass of wine and a few bites of cheese, we'll give The Cask our business again.

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