My husband and I went to Sausalido when it first opened and our favorite item was the chicken soup. We had an adequate meal but the service was rough around the edges and the entrees were ok but had some elements of being either overcooked or undercooked. We then read China Millman's review and only imagined the sting the owner (who is a doll) must have felt.
I am really happy to say that a year makes a big difference. We went again and had the following:
1. First our waitress brought a hummus type dip out and slices of bread (the bread, which they thankfully upgraded from when they opened) was nice and crusty. The dip had a sweet drizzle of balsamic glaze and small chunks of red pepper - it was tasty.
2. PEI Mussels in a tomato broth - Fresh, pillowy mussels in a nicely spiced sauce.
3. Next is the salad course. The salad had fresh beets of which I am a big fan. We chose the housemade golden balsamic dressing which was very nice. The only minor issue I had was that the salad was ice cold. I like my salad - especially the tomatoes to be slightly chilled.
4. My husband had the duck breast, with yam puree, figs, and apricots. It had a delicious honey glaze with it and the breast was cooked very nicely. I had the French double cut pork chop with gorgonzola, caramelized pears, and a leek risotto - Perfection! The pork was seared beautifully and was juicy. The flavors were perfect for fall. I was really pleased with the dish.
5. We passed on dessert - the portions are big. The waitress brought a basket with chocolate covered pretzels as a complimentary thank you.
Our waitress was professional and knowledgeable. The owner stopped by our table to ask about our meal. The atmosphere was pleasant...what more do you want? It was a great meal.
The corkage fee is only $2 too.