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Jul 17, 2012 06:59 PM
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Bask in North Beach? [San Francisco]

Haven't seen a word about this place; anyone tried it?

Thx.

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    1. Went Basque-bar-hopping last night. Sauteed baby eels with garlic were fantastic. Lamb tripe was very homey, good but could have used some perkier spicing.

      Pretty extreme makeover from Clown Alley. Nice space, friendly service. Definitely going back with more appetite.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        it was something else before it became this - i remember having lunch there - but i can't remember what it was.

        we had dinner here tonight. pretty unimpressed. our waiter didn't know much about the menu - couldn't tell us which, if any, of the tapas were actually Basque, or Basque in style. food overall was just ok - lamb/beef meatballs were tasty but needed salt, patatas bravas were not crisp enough, and the sauce wasn't particularly good. we loved the cod fritters - very crispy outside, very fluffy inside. i also liked the sweetbreads quite a bit. mushrooms were undercooked and flavorless. my friends liked the Euskal salad (obviously, a Basque-inspired dish) but i thought it was pretty boring. sangria was decent. prices were good. i wouldn't go back.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I was pretty excited about baby eels until I looked at the menu and saw they were surimi. Feh! I guess we ate all the real ones.

          1. re: little big al

            Went last night with the olive board, and found everything great. Wonderful selection of hams,great croquettes and especially the garlic shrimp. My only disappointment was with the baby eels, since the menu did not say they were fake, I asked the charming server if they were surimi ( surimi makes me sad) and was reassured that they were frozen,("Because of the season, you know) but they were nonetheless real. Alas they were made out of "krab". Surimi makes me sad. There I said it again.