still really enjoying cafe basque even though no sergio in the da house (but there was a @Hungrydrunk in da house). standouts were the bluefin tuna, calamars, talo, croquettes, duck, rockfish ttoro and chicken. the beef tartare and cheesecake were just fine.
our tortilla was a bit runny like @CiaoBob’s but the flavor was still there.
@rlw and @hppzz power rankings forthcoming?
tomates farcies - stuffed tomatoes with olive pine nut, fennel pollen
tuna á l’huile - bluefin tuna, espelette oil
so flavorful and love the touch of crunchy finishing salt on top.
seriole mariné - local raw kampachi, cider vinegar
talo - quail egg with eggplant
croquettes - mushroom & sherry
calamars - fried squid, sauce tinta
squid was perfectly fried, crispy and tender. the dipping sauce is great too, i was expecting a dank-earthy squid ink that i’m used to but it tasted bright.
tartare de boeuf - traditional condiments
a bit under-seasoned, it was just fine.
tortilla de st. jean de luz - potato, onion, & egg red pepper purée
grande salade - egg, artichoke, sweet pepper, tomato white anchovy, olives, px vinaigrette
canard grileé “souvenir d’Irouleguy” - grilled duck breast, almond purée, traditional cherry confiture
i thought the almond puree were robuchon potatoes they were so rich and creamy. duck went great with all the ingredients combined.
poulet basquaise - chicken with ham, tomato, onion & peppers
california rockfish ttoro - traditional stew with squid, mussels & shrimp espelette & saffron
squid was a highlight in this dish too, super soft and tender. pro tip, order some bread to soak up all the broth.
gateau au fromage - basque cheesecake, blackberries