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.