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Camino redux [Oakland]

sundeck sue | Mar 22, 201408:51 AM

My last postings about Camino have been of the bloom-off-the-rose variety. So wanted to correct that with a more cheerful report.

I should preface my positives with a note that my husband wasn't wild about his dinner--but while people sometimes say this to let a place they want to like off the hook for a bad meal, this really IS one of those situations in which he ordered wrong (baked oysters w/ absinthe, a flavor he doesn't like, but he was swayed by the server's saying it was just a touch--it was indeed but a touch--for him, a touch too much--and he was worrying about the bones in the bone-in sand dabs when he ordered--iin response, the kitchen graciously boned his; and as is inevitable with such fish,there were still some little bones, impediments for him to full enjoyment).

I, on the other hand, was a happy diner. Good host and server. Good energy to the place, crowded and humming, but not too noisy. I loved my gin martini. Their sparkling water is esp. nice--ditto pain epi rolls and good butter. My huge mound of chicory salad with sliced cheese and house-made vinegar was perfect, brilliant in every way. Followed that with asparagus and mashed sun chokes and rutabaga from the wood fire, which was a lovely mix, well seasoned. The portions left me happily sated.

And we shared a lovely little not-too-sweet sweet that is the sort of thing more restaurants should offer as an alternative to a big dessert--pieces of very good chocolate and terrific candied grapefruit peel.

Camino
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