Le Chalet Basque in San Rafael
Does anyone have a recent review? Thinking of taking my mom their tonight. Never been, but it's within walking distance from her house. I know nothing about Basque food either but we pretty much eat anything.
405 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael, CA 94903
It might be a good place to take your mother. There were lots of kids, parents and grandparents dining together, and at least two birthday parties. I found the dining room pretty dreary. Eating outside would have been better, if a cold wind hadn't been blowing. The bar area was lively.
We had the $22 Sunday dinner. The house pate was very good. There was warm bread, some of it garlic bread, standard salami and butter pats in foil. It was that kind of place. The soup was potato-y, I think, and the waitress ladled it out of a bowl and left it there for seconds, though we didn't want more. The salad was a mixture of greens, with a sprinkling of fresh herbs, a slice bad tomato and a decent vinaigrette. My SO had a sprinkling of blue cheese, as well. So -- not organic micro greens but not iceberg and gloopy dressing, either. I had the lamb, medium-rare, with wine sauce. It was really quite good, a bit salty, but flavorful. The buttery vegetables and scalloped potatoes were okay, but made me wonder if they're trying to kill off their customers. Seriously, most of them were elderly and not in the best shape. My SO had salmon in champagne sauce and mushrooms, with a scoop of rice. It looked boring, but he ate it all. I skipped desert -- rice pudding or ice cream -- but my SO had a scoop of spumoni. Very old school.
It was miles away literally and figuratively from the alter-theater play we'd just seen in San Rafael. The waitress was great, very hardworking, and seemed weirdly like Jennifer Aniston playing a waitress. So now I've done that and don't think I need to do it again. SO said it reminded him of Duarte's and I sort of see that.