Went to Bombera for the first time the other night. One of the nicest outdoor seating areas around here. It was a social occasion so I didn’t take photos.
Spicy carrots Mislanta were great, never had anything like that before.
Little gem salad with Cara Cara oranges, pepitas, jicama, etc. was very good.
Smoked trout tostadas were excellent. Get one per person, too small to share.
Carne asada huarache supreme, good but not exciting and the base didn’t seem right to me. I’d rather get a chicken tinga huarache at El Huarache Azteca.
Duck confit (“carnitas”) with moros y cristianos and mole verde was my favorite of the night. French-Cuban-Mexican fusion, what’s not to like?
Chocolate pot de creme was excellent, not very sweet, just the way I like it.
Lemon pudding cake had good fresh flavor, tasted pretty much just like the ones we make with backyard lemons and a recipe from my 1950 Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book.
“Guava tart” was basically membrillo y queso only with guava paste in a pastry shell instead of a chunk of quince paste. Fun.
Negra Modelo on draft. Short but well selected natty wine list. Our friend who’s a regular (lives half a block away) says the cocktails are solid. Service was great. Not that it’s a problem but I haven’t seen so many white people in one place since I was in San Diego.
Went to the Jack London Square branch of Left Bank last night. Opened in mid-February in the old Bocanova space. New look, new furniture.
Maybe don’t order food until wine is on the table, or.the second course until the first is served.
Charcuterie and cheese plate, steak tartare, steak frites, moules frites, crème brûlée, all very good. Salade Lyonnaise should be great next time when I’ll specify a runny egg. Nice to have someplace nearby to get classic French food again.
Full wine list is bigger and better than what’s on the web site or the back of the food menu. Had a very nice Loire white for $40, low end of the prices. Good Loire Cab Franc for $45. Friends picked up the check so I can’t be more specific.
Furniture was weird. We sat in the booth pictured above (photo from Eater), the seats were raised and had bar rails. I love booths and it was comfortable at first, but after a couple of hours my feet were sore. Seemed like all the furniture on that east side of the bar was like that. To the west of the bar it looks like they have normal-height chairs and tables so I’ll ask for that in the future.
My phone was acting up so I didn’t get good photos. The khorkhog was a heaping pile of braised lamb, an equally heaping pile of potatoes and carrots that were braised with it, a quart of the broth, and some funny noodle-like things they called “flour.” Simple but delicious. The four of us also ate a dozen dumplings. The chunky hot condiment that came with the dumplings was really good and very seriously spicy.
We had at least a third of the lamb and veg left over. That’s a lot of food for the money.
Excellent fish board at Grossman’s in Santa Rosa. Bread selection (they have a large bakery in back) was weird, who wants white bread or crackers with this? I should have asked for all bagels. The bakery’s so big I wonder if it supplies the Starks’ other restaurants (Willi’s etc.)