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Soizic in Oakland

PegS | Oct 19, 200301:43 PM

Well, it's probably been something like 7 years since I've been to Soizic, near Jack London Square in Oakland. I remembered it as having well-prepared, California-French bistro food at reasonable prices. Last night my aunt wanted to go there for her birthday, so arrived with a party of 13.

I think their quality has slipped from what I recalled. Most of us started with a watery and flavorless pureed corn soup. Then my dad and I had lamb, while my husband had the rib-eye. All were overcooked and dry, and my dad complained that the lamb just tasted like beef. My husband refused to eat his side of green beans, carrots, and other veggies, saying they tasted like they had been frozen. The side of a potato gratin was pleasant, but that's about it.

Those of the party who had fish fared better. The halibut special was moist and flavorful, and came on a bed of diced artichokes, tomatoes, and olives. I didn't see what the salmon looked like, but I heard it was decently prepared.

We ordered two desserts: the ginger custard and the chocolate torte. The ginger custard was servable, while the chocolate torte was dry and forgettable. No one should be allowed to make chocolate tortes with milk chocolate.

For 13 people, including the 18% gratuity for parties over 6, we paid around $485. That included 11 soups, 13 entrees, 5 desserts, two hot teas, and a few soft drinks.

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