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An old favorite: A Street Cafe (Hayward)

Cecelia | Apr 13, 200612:00 AM

I just love this place. It's still decorated in '80's pink tabelclothes, but the food and the service predominates. It's a great place to take your mom and dad and even a romantic first date. Here's the scoop.

Drinks. No hard core alcohol, which is a bummer but A Street supplies this surprisingly tasty Korean vodka which makes for a vibrant if unfortunately less potent drink. It tastes good, though.

We were very swiftly brought the house bread, just baked, and sweet butter. Perfect accompanied by our first course.

We were celebrating BDs--my girlfriend's 85th--so we opened with the housemade duck pate. Very tasty, served with artichoke hearts and gherkins, a lovely appetizer.

Mathilde and I both ordered the soup with our entree--cream of asparagus. As my 13 year old niece would say, OMG. Seriously. Such a creamy, flavorful, filled with bits of asparagus and good to the last drop, soup.

We both ordered my perennial favorite, Veal Shitake (sorry for the spelling). It hasn't changed in almost ten years, and I hope it never does. I've tried to recreate the sherry cream sauce that bathes the paper thin veal medallions, but to no avail. Served with a plethora of shitake mushrooms, and accompanied with a saute of potatoes (quite crispy) and green beans and carrots, this is a dish that deserves reverance. Period. I'm serious.

The bill with all the trimmings including an appetizer (the pate), two entrees (with soup or salad), two glasses of wine and a martini: about $90.00 (with tax and tip).


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