anchovies (a long time favorite)
jamon and manchego
boquerones! another long time favorite
crunchy prawn heads
the aguachile with gambas
a terrific cauliflower dish!
fideos! a Phil fave!
and the BEST basque cake in the city -
a yum meal still after eating there a few dozen times - a favorite place for lunch!
Then Monday night brought us to the Chaine dinner for May- at pacific standard time PST
every course was good but the budino and the strawberry salad were worth a return trip! We were seated with buddies Lee & Nick so we won on the table-mate lottery!
Tonight we tried a new place in the hood- called Le Sud.... imagine our surprise when we were approached at the table by none other than our favorite waiter for years - Mark (from Socca)
It was great to catch up with him and catch him up with all the folks from that era (Socca closed in 2013) We did see him briefly at The Blanchard but then lost track of him again... So this was fun to meet up after many moons (as we say in non-specific time)....
So the meal there was worth returning to but had some things that could use attention... the steak of steak frites was excellent but the frites were oily and not well prepared
Phil had praise for the duck
We both liked the octopus
despite the look of this plate the bone marrow was good but Phil found the topping a bit heavy on the pickled flavors (I liked it but would have liked a better balance between the pickled onions and parsley which I find a perfect accompaniment to the unctuous marrow)
the chocolate mousse was worthy but the basque cake was a tad over baked - still flavorful and if I hadn't had mfk's perfect rendition just tow days ago I am sure I would have been more impressed -
Lucy was thrilled we finally had a warm day and she spent most of it on her "princess" cushion on the deck!
Tomorrow night we are planning to go by El to Belmont and grab a Blaze pizza before seeing Hannah & Martin at the Theater WIT... then Friday Mike & Leslie are coming over (carryout sushi!)
Then the holiday weekend arrives and we swing into the last week in May with another play, a concert, a magic show in a suite at the Palmer House and dinner at Georges Trois with Ron & Mary. Thank god we don't have jobs we have to go to in the mornings....LOL