Went wandering around Ptown Sunday night after a rainy day at the 'comber looking for a decent meal (had no reservations), looked at some menus posted outside of places and stumbled upon Little Fluke Café on commercial. The place was fairly busy(also very small)and figured we would give it a shot seeing a couple of open tables inside and hoping the open table outside wasn't taken. We were told we could have a table inside in about 10 minutes and then a waiter walked by and said someone changed their reservation and we could have the table outside...timing is everything.
The menu is a four course prix fixe ranging from IIRC $32-$47.
Big Bottle of water was $6
Bottle of Morgan 2000 Pinot Noir was $60(great drinking wine)
Starters were a CousCous Provencal which was minted couscous inside of a charred onion, blanched haricots verts and a half of what I suspect was an UgliRipe tomato and a touch of vinaigrette...very nice, simple presentation and delicious simple flavors with nice little bits of fleur de sel on the tomato.
The other starter was Roasted Garlic Brandade with little sourdough toasts, very simple and straightforward crock of brandade with crispy toasts, good saltcod flavor and not too much potato.
Middle courses were Mesclun salads with Thyme Blossom Honey Vinaigrette...not much more you can say accept that the lettuce was extremely crisp, and the vinaigrette was nicely balanced, with a touch of extra black pepper for a little zing.
Main Courses were a Roasted Monkfish with Mustard Sauced Israeli couscous and brunoise veggies (had to send the fish back because it was way undercooked) but once brought back to the table all the flavors were simple, straightforward and very tasty.
The other main (mine) was a delcious dry aged 12 oz grilled sirloin served with a chived potato cake and charred onion and a lightly truffled butter with beaujolais jus. Steak was right on the money M/R, nice little crunches of fleur de sel sprinkled over it. Not a big fan of the use of truffle oil but when used in this context and sparingly it worked oh so well with the steak and the jus...to put it simply it was damn delicious and a perfect match with the wine... the potato cake was nothing spectacular and the charred onion was a visually appealing touch as well as being tasty.
desserts were fresh berries with double cream and some type of liqueur I can't remember and a delicious fig turnover served with Great Hill Blue Cheese. I had a glass of port with the turnover/cheese dish and my friend had a cup of coffee (both the port and the coffee were comped when we got the bill for having to have the monkfish cooked more.)
I'd have to say that it was a delicious and unexpected meal had in a high tourist area in high tourist season. The food was simple but very well prepared minus the flaw with the monkfish that was corrected quickly. Very efficient and non-obtrusive service, sitting outside was an added bonus even though it was undercover because of sprinkling rain. I'd reccommend this place and am glad I found it.
Dinner with wine and bottled water $160 before tip.
Unexpected good cooking in a high tourist area, with no attitude and an outdoor table without a reservation Priceless