Wood Tavern in SF Chron [Oakland]
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).
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.
re: Robert Lauriston
@ 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).