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Camino crab et. al. [Oakland]

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Camino crab et. al. [Oakland]

sundeck sue | Dec 15, 2012 05:45 PM

A lovely meal @ Camino last night. 8:15 res; and the restaurant wasn't very crowded (which worried me a tad re how they're doing--even though it's been busy other times we've been; and this made for a nice, quiet dinner).

Their cocktails are always well done--and my vermouth cocktail last night was no exception. My husband enjoyed his cava.

Their crab cooked in the open fire has got to be the best crab in the Bay Area. Never disappoints. And everything else was very good as well. An especially well conceived/dressed salad of chicories and radish with a dressing made from house made vinegar to start. And my husband enjoyed his lamb salad to start and oyster/chanterelle mushroom/burdock/wild nettle stew as a main.

I had roasted (also in the wood oven) apples and quince with ricotta and benne wafers--a perfect, not too sweet or rich, nicely balanced seasonal dessert.

The service was, as always, the right blend of personal and professional.

And the bill was very reasonable--I think around $80.

We had decided to go out for a nice meal because we were both so upset about the Newtown CT shootings and needed some nurturing. Camino did that for us.

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