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Salade nicoise in northbay?

Sarah Jun 28, 2007 08:48 AM

Enjoying the nicoise (a special) at Bistro Jeanty at lunch yesterday reminded me of how wonderful this old classic can be. Does it appear on any menus in Marin or southern Sonoma?

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    asc339 RE: Sarah Jun 28, 2007 10:06 AM

    You might try the Left Bank in Larkspur, though not sure it can compare to Bistro Jeanty...

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      Robert Lauriston RE: asc339 Jun 28, 2007 10:29 AM

      I ordered salade niçoise at the Larkspur Left Bank two years ago. What I got was a salad with a piece of seared raw tuna on top. The menu now spells that out so it won't come as a surprise, but it's still (1) not a salade niçoise and (2) disgusting.

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        yehfromthebay RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 28, 2007 10:40 AM

        I actually had the salad nicoise at Larkspur Left Bank last week. I loved the seared tuna. Sure it's not traditional, but it tastes a lot better than canned tuna. The tuna sat on a bed of butter lettuce, olives, capers, halved lightly boiled egg, and whole peeled fingerling potatoes and sliced avocados. Other than the fact it did not taste like it had enough dressing on it, I liked the salad.

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          Sarah RE: yehfromthebay Jun 28, 2007 10:49 AM

          Avocados? Yikes! Also, must be canned tuna... Sounds like it's gonna be a long search.

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            yehfromthebay RE: Sarah Jun 28, 2007 01:59 PM

            Guess I was having a non-salade nicoise... ;-)

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        wolfe RE: asc339 Jun 28, 2007 01:23 PM

        The tuna should probably be Ortiz in olive oil. Water packed American brands are not a good substitute.

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          Robert Lauriston RE: wolfe Jun 28, 2007 01:26 PM

          Nizza la Bella uses house-made tuna confit, it's very good.

      3. Robert Lauriston RE: Sarah Jun 28, 2007 11:59 AM

        You might try Christophe in Sausalito or Marche aux Fleurs in Ross.

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