A much better food day yesterday. Husband and I had a lovely lunch at A 16. We shared one of the best salad appetizers I've ever had, the "Early girl tomato and cucumber salad with wild arugula, capers and bottarga." Heavenly. Everything was crisp-fresh, flavorful, and balanced. Bottarga is a beautiful saffron colored mullet roe. It gave the salad the most delicate ocean breeze undertone. $10. We also had the wonderful "Marinated san remo and castelvetrano olives," a generous mix of large green and smaller black olives. I've never met an olive I didn't like (that didn't come out of a can) and these were no exception. $4.
We ordered separate pizzas for our mains. I had the Romana - tomato, oregano, garlic, olive oil, anchovies, black olives, Calabrian chiles. It was quite good, but did not reach the level of my personal gold standard, a perfect crust and topping number I had in Milan. Sigh. At any rate, the crust was crisp and chewy around the edges, but the tomato sauce was perhaps a bit too generous, as it tended to soggy-ize the inner parts of the pizza. I had expected whole anchovies, but it looks like paste may have been used instead. This meant the anchovy flavor was more subtle, but still very present and good. $12.
Husband had the pizza Margherita ($14) and opted to have the San Daniele prosciutto added for $4. He ended up deciding that he should have just had the pizza alone, as the prosciutto's saltiness was too much for the Margherita's simplicity.
We very much enjoyed the meal, quiet, comfortable room and good service. We would definitely return.
We drove up to Marin to meet a friend for dinner and chose to eat at the reliably good to fabulous Lark Creek Inn. The night was one of the higher end of the scale experiences. Husband had an unbelievable vegetable soup that tasted like a warm garden. The "Farmers Market Vegetable Soup with Brentwood Cranberry Beans, Heirloom Squash, Early Girl Tomatoes, Basil & Oregano Puree. He's still talking about it. $9
Our friend and I both had a salad appetizer, the "Star Route Farms Green Salad with Organic Almonds, Shaved Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes, Breakfast Radishes, Champagne & Tarragon Vinaigrette, Radish Butter Toast. I asked for the walnut vinaigrette that came with a different salad as I'm not a tarragon fan. The Radish Butter Toast was outrageous! $9
For entrees Husband and I had the special, a lovely fresh tuna poached in olive oil (can you poach in olive oil?) on toasted farro, with fresh crispy sweet corn, leaves of tiny Brussels sprouts, and other delicacies. That was absolutely fabulous. I have never had anything less than impeccable fish at this restaurant. $28. A bargain.
Our friend had a salmon dish, with wild Steelhead salmon served over a jumbalaya type stew with chorizo made of shrimp instead of meat, peppers and other things I can't remember. She liked it quite a lot. I don't recall the price.
For dessert husband and I split a berry pastry dish that was low on the fruit. Friend had something with what looked like panna cotta topped with "gelee" that was very good.
Loved the mojito and the special peach and herb cocktail.
Dinner with drinks ran about $75 per person. Worth every bit.
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