Had dinner at this buzzed-about place last night with the family. I started with burrata and prosciutto with pesto and grilled olive bread - delicious. HArd to go wrong with burrata. My dad got the baby octopus bruschetta with white beans. It was huge for an appetizer - sized to share, I guess - and the flavors weren't very well defined. Nor were the textures - it seemed like a lot of mush, even with the octopus.
For mains, everyone got meat dishes but me - the vaunted hamburger for Mom, half roast chicken for Dad, pork chop for my boyfriend. I ordered cioppino.
I tasted the hamburger and it was good; Dad seemed very happy with his half chicken; and the pork chop, double-thick, was juicy and tender, topped with soft-cooked pears.
My cioppino, on the other hand, was ghastly. Cottony shrimp, just-okay clams and mussels in a muddy, celery-intensive broth. The Dungeness crab leg alone escapes criticism... I suppose I can only blame myself for making a mess while cracking it. The meat was tender and delicate, not overcooked at all.
I hadn't thoroughly reviewed reports of this place before going, obviously, but I had remembered raves for the hamburger, and perhaps the steak. Should one just stick to meat here, or what?
I did have the hound-recommended churros with chocolate, which I really liked. Chocolate was runny but rich, but I think I enjoyed the cinnamon-sugar dusted churros best on their own.
oh, and incidentally it was hopping on a Thursday night at 7:30... we had to wait for our table as people were just NOT getting up, and there's not much space to stand.