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a decent weekend--manka's, last supper club and a few others

david de berkeley | May 31, 200410:20 PM

i started my saturday at the last supper club for brunch, since it was in the neighborhood and i didn't feel like trekking out for some eggs. i ordered the pepper and eggs, and the s.o. ordered a salmon panini. the peppers and eggs consisted of pretty standard scrambled eggs, plus sauteed peppers and onions, overall not a bad dish. the sausages that came with it were severely lacking in the salt and the spice department. the potatoes were run of the mill, nothing to write home about, but good enough so i would keep eating them even though i was full. i probably would not order this dish again. the salmon panini was excellent--a substantial layer of smoked salmon with bacon and a pesto mayonnaise. a little salty after a while, but still a winner. i did not have a taste of the arugula salad that came with it. the s.o. wanted to try the nutella fondue for dessert, but i reminded her we had dinner reservations in a few hours, after which she reluctantly agreed to hold off.

dinner was at manka's, a place i've always heard good things about, but never had the energy to drive over to point reyes to see for myself. the food was overall outstanding, and i would definitely return despite the hour plus drive (it's scenic anyway). the menu was (1) beet soup with dill butter (2) slightly smoked salmon with watercress and mysterious and delicious sauce (3) pigeon with leek (4) meyer lemon sorbet (5) duck for me and halibut for s.o., both served with braised fennel (6) goat cheese with cherries and pecans (7) amaretto cookies with fresh cherries and rasberries (8) wedge of chocolate with rasberry ice cream and rasberry sauce. i think the s.o. and i decided that the two best dishes were the first two, and that the main dishes were the only weak point (both were adequate, just very simple in preparation and not better in terms of quality of raw ingredients than any decent restaurant in the city). service was not particularly good, as our waitress did not serve us any of the dishes herself, but left this to the bussers (which is fine, but it is a little irritating when other tables right next to ours are getting better treatment). this is why the sauce with the salmon remains a mystery. i guess this comes with being a youngster. all in all, one of the best meals i've had this year, and definitely the best meal i've had since returning to the bay area.

on sunday, i had a mostly liquid lunch of overpriced beers at momo's and sbc stadium ($7.50 for a glass of miller light at sbc, vs $4.50 for an old style at wrigley) while watching a bonds-less giants take out the rockies. by dinner time, i was ravenous, so we ordered take out from san tung-- jjam bbong, potstickers, and wings. all were delicious (or maybe i had too much to drink), especially the wings.

today i am going to save money. i had a carne asada super burrito from el farolito, which would have been great except for the bad "roll"--half of the burrito was pure avocado, cheese, and sour cream, while the other half was the meat. i am getting hungry, i may head out to big mouth burgers or suriya.

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