Sitting on the large veranda on a plush comfy couch, watching the ships, boats and ferries glide through the Golden Gate, I had …
- Fritto misto of local fish and shellfish $12
- Corn and clam chowder $10
- Wood-grilled peaches wrapped in procuitto, basil $7
- Elderflower tea by Modern Tea $4
- Grüner Veltliner $13
- Anchor Steam beer $4.50
The fritto misto was lovely in a light tempura batter. It was a generous serving and came with excellent house-made tartar sauce and a half of a grilled lemon.
The fish was super-fresh and tasted of the sea in the best way. It was a mix of prawns, calamari, oysters and white fish. What was interesting about the oysters is that they used different varieties. I cut into one piece of fish and was shocked by a scarlet color. It turned out to be squid tentacles.
The chowder was the color of corn silk It was a thick, buttery, cream-based chowder. Four in-shell cherrystone clams were in the center. I liked this but didn’t love it. It isn’t quite corn season yet so the flavor wasn’t there and there wasn’t all that much corn. There were two small pieces of potato so I’m guessing some of the thickness had to do with spuds.
A peach cut in quarters was wrapped around the most delicious procuitto. The table next to me was commenting about how good it was. There was a scarlet dressing on the peaches and it was a lovely dish … peachy, savory, smoky.
I asked for a wine suggestion that would carry me through the chowder and peaches. After talking to the sommelier, the server brought out the Grüner Veltliner which wasn’t on the wine list. It was absolutely perfect for both dishes.
The tea was served in a nice blue teapot and very pleasant.
This is the type of place to just sit back and relax.
This was the bar menu. The restaurant was booked.
I liked it well enough to make a reservation for Sunday brunch … to be continued.