The Kitchen Table Restaurant Artisanal kosher Cuisine, Mtn View - NEW (lamb blt, rare roast beef sandwich, chicken & matza ball soup, house cured pastrami, etc)
- hhc May 11, 2009 08:29 PM
I missed the post by CH:
All meat prepared by restaurant is Glatt Kosher
Certified Kosher by the VAAD Hakashrus of Northern Calif.
From their website I'll list some that sound good to me:
chicken & matza ball soup $5
lamb blt $5
house cured pastrami or First cut corned beef on homemade rye bread w/ sauerkraut, Russian dressing $9
Rare roast beef sandwich $9
Fri 11:30-2pm, closed Fri sundown-Sat
Sun brunch 10-3, Dinner 5-9
The Kitchen Table Restaurant
142 Castro St
The Kitchen Table
142 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041
Wow! Finally a glatt kosher place for when the brother-in-law comes to visit! Before this there was just Sabra in SF.
Hoping the matzoh ball soup is good... I've been disappointed so many times before...
We decided to try this place since it's new to us (Next to ZPizza, across from Neto Bakery) and a close meeting spot for after work. We decided to sit outside off to the right of the sidewalk.
I wanted to try the house cured pastrami or rare roast beef sandwich but those are Only served at Lunch! Sucks for us since they are Closed on Sat, maybe could try it for Sun brunch if they serve it.
Their dinner menu has small bites $4-7; Soup & Salad $5-7, Entrees $10-28.
FREE tasty homemade ( I think) bread w/ garlic olive oil & a small bowl of olive tapenade.
We got 5 things:
curry brined eggplant w/ tahini sauce $4 - i was expecting a babaganoush type thing, but it's just small slices of eggplant w/ a tangy bite. Just ok.
lamb BLT $7 - I thought it was pretty good. Nice bread, crispy lamb fat, lettuce & tomato. Served on wooden sticks.
Italian lamb sausage w/ sweet mustard $5 - 2 lamb kebabs on sticks. From the 1 stick I tried I thought it was good.
chicken & matzo ball soup $5 - It's a small bowl. Bowl is tilted. 1 fat matzo ball - nice & tender, lots of small chunks of chicken, a few chunks of carrots & celery. Fine.
House caesar salad $8 + grilled chicken $4 = $12. I thought it was just average, nothing special.
Desserts: All $7 - didn't try any.
Our total before tip was $33.87. They take credit cards.
Separate bathrooms way in the back of the restaurant.
Fri 11:30-2, closed sundown - Sat
Sun brunch 10-3; 5-9
If it's truly kosher, how can it be that they serve *rare* roast beef? And may we assume that the lamb "blt" is sans the "b" as in bacon?
Is it all Ashkenazic food or do they have Mizrahi food as well? We need a good Yemenite place! (and no frozen malawach and jachnun - we can buy and make that ourselves)
Rare is certainly compatible with kosher. Once the meat is soaked and salted, there is no blood in it from the standpoint of Jewish law, and it can even be served raw as a tartare. I recognize that there is a long tradition, especially among the Sephardim and Israelis, of eating their grilled meats well done, with no red whatsoever, but it has nothing to do with Jewish law. Among Ashkenazim, it was rare to have anything other than long-braised meat (tough cuts of meat were all that was available at an affordable price, if one could eat meat at all), and of course, it was well done, but here again, nothing to do with kashrus. And as to lamb blt, it's "lamb bacon", not true pork bacon.
First the context- I'm not kosher, but my boyfriend of six months is. He's strictly kosher, so we haven't ever been out to dinner at a restaurant (the only place we could've gone is Sabra, and it's so overpriced and has such a bad reputation I wasn't interested). Like I say, I'm not kosher, and I eat out a lot, and I'm fussy.
We had dinner at TKT last night, and it was stellar. Every single thing we put in our mouths was fantastic, with the exception of one item, and we tried a lot. For apps we had the red mole turkey and brine-marinated eggplant. The eggplant was my favorite thing, just delicious- sort of like marinated mushrooms, but better. It came with smoky pita, charred on a grill. Then we had mediterranean salads, which were huge (shoulda split one, but we were greedy), full of cukes and great olives with more yummy pita. They also brought us bread, which was very good, and came with a pepper(?) tapenade and some very high quality olive oil for dipping. For mains, the bf had ribeye, which he pronounced "fantastic." I had the fish of the day, which was grilled haddock. Simple and perfectly cooked. So the only not so good thing of the evening was the pesto risotto the fish was served on- it was gluey and just not good. Plain rice would've been better. For dessert we had walnut fudge cake with orange fluff, and it was soooo good. Amazingly fudgey and rich, a chocolate lover's dream.
I'm so impressed at the quality of the food- we'll be back soon. Dinner for two (including coffee and soda, no alcohol), was just under $100, including tax.
The cake alone is worth a trip. I bake a fair amount, so am picky about baked goods, and that cake was so fudgey, walnuty and chocolatey, what else could you want?
If you go this weekend, remember they're closed on Friday night through Saturday (for Shabbat), reopening for brunch and dinner on Sunday. They're on Open Table.
My family and I ate at the Kitchen Table last night. We had a fabulous experience, and will try to go there anytime we are in the area. Unfortunately we weren't super-hungry, because we would have liked to try more things, but we liked everything we had.
We were offered inside or patio seating. Because we were with kids, we chose the patio. There were heat lamps, but they weren't needed last night. Lovely outdoor tables.
there were three menus presented -- the main one, the kids one, and also a "9 days menu" (same menu modified to be meat free -- just fish and vegetarian, for anyone who doesn't eat meat in the first 9 days of the Hebrew month of Av, which is now). The waitress mentiond that there was also tomato onion soup, and one of the fish choices was cod.
(Note that I don't actually eat meat, so much of the fun of this was for my spouse and young son.)
Staff brought soft bread, olive oil, and an eggplant dip to start. All great.
-black bean hummus with housemade pita -- small appetizer size, flavorful and good
-marinated mushrooms -- several kinds of mushrooms, lots of olive oil, really enjoyable, but needed some salt, I think
-Knish of the day -- described as filled with roasted garlic and grains, but it was mostly potato with a little roasted garlic and a smattering of quinoa. More traditional than I was expecting. This was served with an arugula and carrot salad on top that I really enjoyed.
-Kids' Chicken sandwich -- giant piece of grilled skinless/boneless breast, in a whole wheat bun. Came with fruit, fries or salad. We chose fruit and I was surprised/delighted to see that the fruit was seasonal stone fruit (apricots, peaches, plums) and blueberries. Infinitely nicer than average kids fruit sides. This was $6 and would have satisifed an adult with a simpler palatte! My 3 year old son thought it was the most delicious meal of his life, I believe. I guess I should cook him chicken!
-Matzo ball soup -- big matzo ball, dark broth, veggies, pieces of dark meat chicken -- my daughter happily ate the matzo ball, son ate the veggies and chicken pieces. I had a bite and it was well seasoned, and the matzo ball was a good in-between of sinker/floater.
-Beef burger, came with fries. Positive report. Cooked as requested. Fries were my favorite kind -- crisp on the outside soft on the inside.
-Beef burger with lamb bacon. Also properly prepared and came with fries. My husband was in awe of the lamb bacon. He didn't grow up kosher, and used to love bacon, but hasn't eaten it in nearly 20 years. He thought it was delicious and he could have been fooled into believing it was real (pig) bacon.
The only disappointment of the night was that I overheard the chef (I believe) talking to the table next to us -- he came out because they didn't know about the 9 days and he was explaining it to them, in a truly personable way -- who mentiond that they had a "Maryland Crab Cakes" special -- which was halibut and salmon done in the style of crab cakes (our server hadn't told us about this). I would definitely have ordered that if I'd known -- for kashrut reasons I've never tried crab cakes, and I would have enjoyed the experience.
I saw many other plates coming out of the kitchen that really looked great -- lots of whole grains, fish, etc. I wish I'd had the appetite to try more! I also definitely want to go back with other meat eaters so we could try the kosher-turie plate -- it just seemed like way more than my husband could tackle at the time.
they have a full page of wine selections, which is a lot given they're all kosher. they also have tap and Dr. Brown's sodas.
Bill for 5 (2 kids 3 adults) came to just $60 before tip. Note that we ordered lighter than we usually would, no drinks or desserts or anything.