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A Coté: A Flashlight on the Side? [Oakland]

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A Coté: A Flashlight on the Side? [Oakland]

TopoTail | Mar 25, 2012 11:40 PM

Wife and I had dinner at A Coté tonight. We had the romaine salad, crispy artichokes w/pimenton aioli, pancetta wrapped quail with grilled radicchio and polenta, and pork ribs with beans.

At least I think we did. It was all delicious, but the lighting is so dim that I couldn't guarantee that's what we actually eat. My wife worked on the ribs for about two minutes and was getting really frustrated because she couldn't find any meat. Finally she discovered that all the meat was on the bottom side of the ribs and found the beans, which she couldn't see at all. I was hacking away at the quail without being able to see where I was cutting, but finally managed to get at the meat by picking the bird up with my hands.

We have these little flash lights that attach to a key chain and had to use them to read the menu, navigate our plates, and read the bill. I understand low light can create an intimate atmosphere, but you can't leave your customers in the dark unless you're running one of those restaurants that are purposely set up with no light at all so people can have the experience of eating mystery foods they can't see.

I mean the food was really excellent, but I don't think we'll be returning unless they provide enough light to see the food.

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