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Delfina last night

Peter D | Jun 10, 200602:09 PM

Managed to get a walk-in table at Delfina last night around 5:45pm and was really excited after not having been there in a couple of years. To start my girlfriend and I ordered wines by the glass, a rose and a sauv. blanc. Her rose was from Cantini (sp?), and was bitter to the point of being sour. The waitress warned us afterwards that this was the style of this particular vineyard and that it takes many people by surprise, which left us wondering why she didn't say anything beforehand. She graciously replaced the wine with another white, a Tocai which was excellent.

For appetizers we ordered the dungeness and citrus salad and the grilled calamari, both of which were delicious. The squid was cooked especially well, with the perfect amount of seasoning. Unfortunately I got something hard in the last one- couldn't tell if it was the pen or a piece of charred wooden skewer.

For dinner my girlfriend ordered gnocchi with peas and morels while I had the sand dabs. What was surprising about her gnocchi was that they looked and tasted exactly like the Parisian gnocchi out of the Bouchon cookbook (although a little more doughy), not the Italian gnocchi we were expecting. Unfortunately the morels were lost in the sea of brown butter that coated everything. The sand dabs had a crunchy and salty coating that complemented the subtle flavor of the fish very well (this was my first taste of sand dabs). Got a few pin bones in the gums, but I guess that's typical. My dish was also drenched in butter though, and as we both finished our plates they had identical coatings of black-specked grease. We ended with peach and raspberry tart which was good, but undistinguished with a perfunctory scoop of vanilla gelato/ice cream.

All in all a decent meal, but for a little less money we had a superior dinner at the Chez Panisse cafe last week. I don't think we'll be rushing back to Delfina any time soon.

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