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Basque Cultural Center - big meal heaven

larochelle | Apr 27, 200704:47 PM     29


One recent Sunday evening, needing some serious meat and potatoes, we had dinner at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco.

Michael ordered the Magré de Canard au Poivre Vert (Duck breast) $20.95 and I ordered the Sunday Dinner special which is Lamb Stew & Prime Rib $18.95

It’s a lot of food and very filling. Entrées come with potatoes & veggies as well as soup AND salad. My dinner came with ice cream for dessert. The soup is served family style, it was a quite good vegetable minestrone. They sell their soup of the day to go by the quart for $5 which seemed like a bargain.

The salad is your basic green but it was fresh, crisp and not overdressed. In case you didn’t notice, the nightly dinner special comes with TWO entrées so they serve one of the entrées by itself between the salad and the main plate. We ended up sharing the lamb stew between us and using bread to sop up every last bit.

By the time our main plates arrived, I was full so I pretty much only had a taste of each thing and took the rest to go. The potatoes were cubed and fried and quite nice. The mixed vegetables were not the dreaded Birds Eye but fresh, seasonal, sautéed but still with some snap to them, also quite nice. The prime rib came rare as requested and was good without being outstanding (House of Prime Rib tableside carving). I thought Michael’s duck breast was fantastic, but maybe that’s cause I don’t see it on menus much and its often overcooked, tough or overly fatty – this was not, it was just right.

For dessert I had my ice cream and Michael had strawberry shortcake. Both were good enough but I was full and not particularly interested.

The bill with 4 beers without tip came to $65.

FYI – The wine list didn’t look that interesting but apparently their corkage is only $7 and I noticed several tables with a carafe of wine and a bottle so I’m guessing that they waive corkage when you buy a bottle.

We'll definitely go back, we just can't agree on which day - I want to go on Saturday for the Seafood Crepe & Roast, Michael wants to back on Sunday so he can have a whole Lamb Stew of his own.

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