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Cetrella fried clam alert ... & slow-roasted goose ... anyone else serve goose?

rworange Dec 7, 2006 07:32 AM

I'm on Cetrella's mailing list and in a recent one about their New Year's Eve menu, they mention that the week before Christmas they make slow-roasted goose.

This sounds interesting as I've never had goose so I check out the Christmas menu and unfortunately they are closed Christmas.

Anyway, I notice the dinner menu is carrying ...
Crispy Fried Ipswich Belly Clams
Roasted Piquillo Peppers, Manzanilla Olives and Frisee 11.00

There are enough places selling classic fried clams now that a variation seems appealing. Knowing Cetrella, your $11 bucks probably means two clams, but still thought I'd pass this along to any fried clam fans out there.

They also are having what really seems like a good happy hour and they shouldn't bury this info on their site ... put it on the front page ... Monday – Thursday 5-7 ... 50% off Cocktails, Beer and Wines-by-the-glass.

The menu is looking especially tasty right now. There are things like garlic chili roasted crab and Pumpkin, Pancetta and Sage pizza.

I'm going to try to make it there for that goose. Do any other restaurants serve roasted goose in case I can't make it to Half Moon Bay?

http://www.cetrella.com/DinnerMenu.html

  1. jdm Dec 7, 2006 04:44 PM

    Schroeer's in the FiDi serves goose. (at least the last time I ate there) It was a dinner special.
    If you like the dark meat on a bird, you will love goose. The meat has a wonderful unctuous quality in addition to flavor that white meat chicken or turkey simply can not possess. Shroeder's roast goose was quite yummy and rib sticking served with potato dumplings and red cabbage.
    The only drawback to not preparing your own goose, is that you do not get to keep all of that lovely fat for sauteeing potatoes and apples and....

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    1. re: jdm
      Robert Lauriston Dec 7, 2006 04:49 PM

      Call first to find out if / when they'll have it.

    2. Ruth Lafler Dec 7, 2006 04:55 PM

      In the past, Speisekammer in Alameda has served goose during the holidays (must be a German thing). Again, call to confirm.

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler
        Robert Lauriston Dec 7, 2006 05:23 PM

        Mmmm, they'd probably do a really good one. I might have to get one of those myself.

      2. rworange Dec 7, 2006 06:04 PM

        Thanks all. I feel the urge for a roast goose crawl ... waddle? ... coming on to see how different places prepare it.

        Although I still have that Basque food crawl to get to. Maybe I can combine the two. Cetrella is serving "Tripe Basque" Spanish Tripe Stew with Blood Sausage ... if I can get over my fear factor food hang-up ... I mean tripe & blood sausage in one dish ... I see me staring into the bowl a long ... long time ... maybe after enough of that half-price wine.

        1. Melanie Wong Dec 7, 2006 06:07 PM

          Yee's on Grant near Broadway in SF Chinatown has roast goose every day I've walked by there.

          And for those looking to roast their own, I saw signs for fresh geese at the meat counter in the Cupertino Ranch 99 on Tuesday. Also for Canadian foie gras and all manner of fresh whole ducks and parts.

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            S U Dec 7, 2006 09:40 PM

            IIRC Yee's also has the afternoon specials... for about $2 per plate? They sometimes offer goose for that.

            1. re: S U
              Melanie Wong Dec 7, 2006 10:43 PM

              My mom reports that the price for the afternoon specials has increased to $2.20. And, the goose is priced a bit higher than that per plate.

              1. re: Melanie Wong
                rworange Dec 8, 2006 12:07 AM

                Hmmm ... $2.20 goose diner at Yee's or $65 goose dinner at Chez Panisse ... decisions, decisions.

                So, is there anything different about Chinese roast goose? Or is a goose is a goose is a goose?

                1. re: rworange
                  Melanie Wong Dec 9, 2006 09:16 PM

                  Heheh, here's a link leading to a couple posts on Yee's goose.
                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/30137

                  The plate of goose during the time slot for the afternoon specials (circa 3pm to 5pm or so) is about $5. It's a bread plate size portion with a few slices on it. At other times, it's a big portion and priced higher.

                  Chinese goose is more highly seasoned in the two ways I've had it: roasted/barbecued like the hanging ducks you see in the windows or poached in master sauce Teochew style. The skin on the roast goose is much crisper and well-rendered. One of my non-Chinese friends told me that she uses the Peking duck method (hot water, drying with a fan, sugar glaze) to make her goose for Christmas and the friends in attendance marvel at the texture of the skin.

                  Here's my old post on a take-out place in Milpitas that had roast goose. Don't know the current situation.
                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

            2. re: Melanie Wong
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              alfairfax Dec 8, 2006 01:08 AM

              I also love roast goose and have done it at home several times since it is not often found on restaurant menus. And speaking of that: a mystery that I have often wondered about and perhaps someone knowledgeable about Chinese restaurants can answer. (Yimster, are you out there?) On many Chinese restaurants one can find goose intestine or goose web, but aside from Yee's, NO GOOOSE ITSELF! Where are the bodies going? Who is getting the meat?? And as RWOrange has asked, Where can I get it?? Thinking non-middle European style in particular, although I love that too. There is a restaurant in Tsim Tsat Tsui (sp?)--Hong Kong--that featured wonderful goose and the sign outside was great: a rather anthropomorphic goose, partially clothed and holding a fish in its arm-like wings. And I once did a very complicated version from an Indian cookbook that was the best I ever ate but a lot of work. Any idea about such things around here??

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              jbgd Dec 7, 2006 09:07 PM

              Doesn't this sound great? Chez Panisse tonight:
              Thursday, December 7 $65
              Wild mushroom tart with frisée and glazed shallots
              Monterey squid ragout with leeks and zinfandel
              Warm winter salad of Emden goose cooked two ways: grilled breast and leg confit,
              with goose liver toast, roasted chestnuts, celery root, and parsnips
              Huckleberry soufflé

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                CYL Dec 10, 2006 03:41 PM

                New China Station is now history (ditto Fu Lam Mum) in the Milpitas Lion Plaza. The restaurant is still in operation as Lung Lung (dragon’s lair) under new management but not doing a bustling business. They still do roast goose available on weekends only. However, the old bbq chef must have left because, in general, the “lop may” has taken a turn downhill. Their roast duck used to be excellent, but the roast duck, char sieu, and roast pork are now very much lacking in taste. Strangely enough, the soya chicken is an exception as it is very good. Their roast goose appears to be overdone and rather dry. Nevertheless, curiosity led me to attempt to try a lower quarter of the goose ($8.75 a lb). When told that, I had to buy a minimum of a half goose, I lost interest (also tried to buy half a pi-pa duck and was told I had to buy whole duck). Noticed later that there was goose on a weekday early in the week and a $6 goose rice plate special sign subsequently appeared. Is this an indication that there was leftover goose available because they failed to sell-out over the weekend? On the other hand, aside from BBQ items, Lung Lung does have good value comfort food – 3 dishes at $17.99 including soup and rice and a whopping 93 dishes from which to choose.

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                1. re: CYL
                  Melanie Wong Dec 10, 2006 04:55 PM

                  Thanks for the update. There is a New China Station in Newark next to Lion . . . or at least there was a year ago. Roast duck there was fair, didn't notice any goose -
                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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