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Tags: San Francisco
Categories : American, Bar
This is going to be a weird post.
Basically, these food photos turned out relatively amazing. So this place looks amazing. And the food was really good, but the decor and general ambiance of Wine Kitchen irked me in a weird way. And since I was with my architect friend, she easily told me Eight Things that Wine Kitchen Could Do to Improve Their Vibe. And, while I would not have noticed them myself, she was right.
But first, food:
Behold: Fried gnocchi
We sat right next to the window; the light was great. These pictures are with my shitty Android phone. Yeah, everybody, Android. Decent pictures. It can happen.
Anyway, the menu was all nibbles, but was very creative. We ordered almost everything that didn’t include animals that have legs. All the dishes were about $12, except a few smaller nibbles (like the corn tempura) that were around $4. It was all really good.
Scallops a la Plancha
Scallops a la Plancha
Cheese Plate! Aged gouda in the middle was amazing.
Big Eye Tuna Crudo with quinoa
So back to the Big Eight… I’ll just do a list, like I like to do. Here are some unsolicited thoughts on how to make WK a bit more chic:
- The font. Not nearly chic enough. The bottle opener thing is superfluous. I hesitate to criticize this, since I know how hard it is to choose a logo. But still.
- The orange-ish paint on those first walls (pictured) is not ok.
- The wood wine holder wall displays are no good. Do something architectural with the wine display or get it out of there.
- The weird weed/plant decoration on the north wall (not pictured).
- The art on the south walls in the main space (also not pictured, and I didn’t even see it, but Architect said so).
- Table top color — dark red no good. Too dark. Lighter would be more inviting.
- Chairs — too traditional, go with something more modern. Though they were sturdy, which I appreciated.
- Get rid of the TV at the bar. I, personally, could take or leave this one. But, again, Architect has spoken.
So there you go, those are some thoughts on possible decor improvements.
Oh yeah, we drank this bubbly, and it was very nice. It is called wine kitchen, after all. End scene.
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Categories : Bar, British, Brunch
I keep hearing about this place. It’s at 29th and Telegraph in Oakland, and it’s a pub/cafe-type place that my friends like to go for Sunday brunch. And it’s awesome. I finally went today and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
From the adorable pair at the bar speaking in their British accents (which I hope were real) to the decidedly British/Aussie (hence the name Commonwealth) fare and beverages (beans and toast, “cuppa” tea), this place was A) uber-cute, and B) good. We three ladies ordered three dishes and shared. And the light was fabulous so my photos look money. See?
French toast with “Golden” syrup. You know you want it.
“Bubble and Squeak” on the menu is really just vegetable mash, beans, and toast. Yum.
Veggie Pie. ‘Nuff said.
So, those are the things I ate. And I think the photos accurately depict the deliciousness contained in each dish. The place was cute, small, and cozy. The music was loud-ish, and we asked the waitress to turn it down, like the old folks that we are. I also got a cappuccino and an Odwalla OJ to make sure my personal bill wasn’t under $20. Fully worth your bruncherly** attention.
Also, we all shared this, though I wanted it all to myself:
Currant Scone of Doom. Ok, I named it that, but it was reminiscent of a dessert it was so good. Almost as good as a chocolate dessert, even.
*I have been recently alerted to the fact that I use the word “dude” a lot in my speech patterns. I’m not sure how I feel about this, but I think I’ll take it to mean that I’m really awesome. Which is how I take most comments.
**This is a word. I am using The Force on you right now.
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Categories : Bar
Shameless plug for my baby sis’s new bar Dark Horse Lounge in Hayward, NOW OPEN!!
Formerly the Whiskey River Saloon at Hesperian and Winton, Jenny has transformed this old-west style bar to a more contemporary version of your local watering hole. With a new coat of paint, some new light fixtures and a hell of a lot of scrubbing, the Dark Horse Lounge is ready to serve you a drink starting today!
They’re not serving food other than small nibbles at the moment, but come by for a cold beer, a cocktail or just to say hi to the pretty lady behind the counter (unless my dad is bartending… he’s not quite as pretty as Jenny). I’ll be stopping by today and I’ll keep everyone posted about any Grand Opening events or upcoming specials!
Yeay for opening a business, see you at the Dark Horse Lounge!!!