A few weeks ago the Chronicle mentioned the proprietor of Cafe Claude had opened a new restaurant on Claude Lane. So Tuesday night I checked out Gitane. The restaurant looks great. It's got a dark supper club kind of atmosphere. On a Tuesday afternoon the restaurant filled up and the bar was hopping by the time we left.....What recession?
Nice wine list. When they bring water they put a carafe on the table -0 which as a heavy water drinker I love. We had a bottle of the Palacios Petalos Bierzo which was lovely. I started with the gazpacho which was more of a puree than the typical chopped soup. It was garnished with a drizzle of basil oil, croutons and cucumber. It was light, fresh, flavorful..exactly what I was looking for. I followed that with the chicken Tajine served with a side of couscous. The presentation is great - in a ceramic tajine. If you take a look at their website you can see the dish on the front page. It was delicious, wonderfully moist and nicely seasoned. For dessert I had the Bavarois au Fruit Rouge. This was a very light fresh layered dessert of fruit mousse, rasperries and what seemed like a cake layer - but was per the menu joconde biscuit.
Service was smooth. The waiter seemed familiar with the menu, the bus boy was attentive and the manager stopped by to see how our meal was.
It's a very nice addtion to downtown dining and I will be back - soon!
Gitane Restaurant & Bar
6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108