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Canteen Part Deux Breakfast and Dinner

mrsH | Sep 5, 200508:25 PM

Well I took hubby for Saturday breakfast at Canteen since the day before was so good. I had corned beef hash, super tender chunks of beef with the previously mentioned yukon gold potatoes and herb mix with, again, the perfect poached eggs on top. Hubby had "Chucacapra" with soft scrambled eggs chorizo and black beans, excellent but said he wished the chorizo was in bigger pieces. Scrappy pistol of a waitress who was very efficient but slammed a few too many dishes around, still we liked her. We liked it so much we asked for a dinner reservation and received a prompt call back and were in!
The owner was in full view cooking up a storm which made for interesting viewing. Gorgeous rolls were given and seemed to be similar to the brioche from breakfast but not so buttery but still warm and fresh. I started with a summer squash salad, this consisted of shaved lengths of yellow squash, zuccinni and celery on a bed of roasted red pepper coulis with roasted almonds topped with a parmesan crouton, having the veggies raw and thin made them tasty. Hubby had tuna/halibut tartare with advocado, roasted red pepper and a light pesto, gorgeous fish was devoured quickly. An amuse was then given in a shot glass, tomato broth with a buttermilk foam topped with chives, this was delicate and contained all of the goodness of summer tomato with creamy buttermilk in contrast. Entrees were wild line caught salmon for me with roasted corn on a bed of roasted peppers and onions. I asked to have my fish cooked all the through and it was perfect, 3 good sized chunks, there was a slight drizzel of sauce but I have forgotten it. Hubby had lamb ribs which were roasted then taken off of the bone, whatever they were roasted in was sweet and brought all of the goodness of the lamb home, there was a subtle minty pesto and a carrot puree, I only got one taste as hubby loved the dish and the portion was not large. In fact the only disspointment was when hubby saw someone else get a much larger portion. Dessert was a pot de creme for him which was smooth, not too sweet and made with very good chocolate. I had apple cake which was a round of cake with a slice of apple poached in a rich, smooth, buttery caramel sauce that was made to order. This kitchen hums with activity and they play cool music to boot. I think the chron reviewer called this "very person food" which it is but oh so good! $104.00 with 3 glasses of wine.

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