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Wood Tavern in SF Chron [Oakland]

sundeck sue Sep 19, 2013 10:30 AM

Downgraded to two stars by Michael Bauer in today's SFChron:



My husband's emailed response: "sacre bleu!"

I've never been the fan that he is (noise/table-crowding biggest issues for me--I've had meals there where I've simply given up trying to talk/hear--as for the food, I've liked some dishes I've had, but it's more a style thing--I just prefer simpler for my local).

That said, while some of Bauer's critique resonates, I wonder about his quarrel w/ dishes like the gnocchi--I've certainly evolved as a home cook, such that the balance of veg to what we think of as main (pasta or protein) is now longer on the veg--but perhaps he's saying something different re balance (hard in any review to tell, esp. a short f/up one like this).

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  1. Scott M RE: sundeck sue Sep 19, 2013 12:22 PM

    I too am not a big fan of Wood Tavern. The table crowding and noise is part of the problem. My other big issue is the amount of sauce/jus, etc on so many of the plates. From the article look at the pictures of the chicken, gnocchi and halibut. All of them have a pool beneath them, and the entrée swimming on the plate. I have had the same experience with the pork chop, etc.

    1. Robert Lauriston RE: sundeck sue Sep 19, 2013 01:07 PM

      The pastrami sandwiches, pastas with lamb or pork ragù, and fish soups I've had in the past year were as good as ever.

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        sundeck sue RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 19, 2013 02:36 PM

        @ Scott M: Missed the pictures--(per Gilda Radner) "never mind."

        @ Robert Lauristan: So I remember agreeing w/ you that the Wood Tavern's burger didn't merit the hype (wrong bun).

        But you DO concur w/ all the thumbs-up re the pastrami. And I don't get that either (too fatty/greasy). Wondering if maybe I just don't like pastrami (being serious here).

        I agree w/ you re the ragu's (very good, if at least once that I remember over-salted)--and I think their soups are almost always great, though don't happen to love the fish soup (that, definitely is me, rather than them--just don't warm to that particular style of fish soup).

        1. re: sundeck sue
          Robert Lauriston RE: sundeck sue Sep 19, 2013 04:01 PM

          The burger is great except for the baguette, which some people prefer.

          Too fatty, well, I can see how somebody might say that about Chinese steamed bacon with mustard greens.

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