A couple of weeks ago I mentioned I had yet to try Angela's, a newish Cal-Mediterranean restaurant in Alameda. That omission was remedied with a Thursday night dinner with my family.
I wanted to love Angela's, but unfortunately I can only say it was pleasant. My overall impression was that the flavors were somehow muted. For example, the duck streudel appetizer I shared with my mom (a slice of phyllo-wrapped duck-mushroom filling, supposed to be one of their signature dishes) didn't have much richness or duck flavor. My entree of chicken with fig, walnut and couscous stuffing didn't have much fig taste and both the meat and the filling were slightly on the dry side; the orange ginger sauce was similarly lacking. In my head, I can imagine how this dish was supposed to work: the sweetness of the figs and the richness of the walnuts were supposed to play off the tart acidity of the orange and the vibrancy of the ginger. But somehow none of those qualities came through in the execution, let alone all four in harmony. Even the chocolate mousse could have been more chocolatey.
Everyone else expressed enjoyment of their food, so maybe I'm just being hypercritical. Or maybe the Korean food two nights earlier temporarily blunted my palate (vbg). My glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc was quite good and a generous pour.
On the upside, prices are reasonable and the restaurant is pleasant (I asked my sister why she'd suggested Angela's instead of C'era Una Volta and she pointed out quite correctly that she thought the latter would be much too noisy for dinner with our parents).
807 Marina Village Parkway