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Wood Tavern B+ [Oakland]

sundeck sue | Dec 1, 2012 11:37 PM

Good but not perfect meal @ Wood Tavern.

The noise level was impossibly loud. We thought it would get quieter as the evening wore on (we had a late-ish res.), but there was a brief dip and then a rise again. Couldn't hear each other to have a conversation. And just plain unpleasant.

Wine selection was good. The bread and butter were, as always, great.

Long wait for first course..

My little Gem salad was, as always, brilliantly conceived--leaves of lettuce, chunks of avocado, slivers of fennel, and sections of satsuma. But the avocado was a tad over-ripe, such that the texture was almost mushy. And the seasoning on the dressing was understated and flat. My husband really liked his scallop crudo. The bite I had of his, I thought, was a bit too acidic.

Mains. Again, my husband really liked the bouillabaisse. And my pork chop was good, but not great. A gorgeous piece of meat, thick and enormous. But unevenly cooked, such that most of it was a shade over-done (could have stood to spend 30 seconds less under the flame), And a more serious mistake: the part next to the bone was raw. The server came by to check, just as I came upon the raw section. I mentioned it; and she offered to take it back to cook a little more, but I hesitated, since I didn't want the done pieces to be over-done and figured it was such a big portion, I'd just not eat the raw parts. Not a good choice on my part, having the raw section on my plate the whole time. In addition to the cooking time, the seasoning was again a little off, this time in the too-salty direction..

Ice cream for dessert was very good: a lovely Earl Gray tea flavor and a second scoop of vanilla chocolate chip (my husband, who's not a vanilla fan, wished it were more chocolate-y, but I thought the balance was right).

The service was mostly very good. At the end of the evening, our server disappeared (it wasn't that the service suffered--new folks brought dessert and settled our bill).

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