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Anyone had the cassoulet (or anything else) at SF's Cafe Bastille?

Fine Jan 15, 2014 05:38 PM

Maybe it's the warm winter, but getting harder to find cassoulet--even des amis no longer has it on the menu.

Thanks, all.

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  1. Robert Lauriston Jan 15, 2014 05:44 PM

    I've eaten there a few times, OK, not great.

    For cassoulet in SF, I'd call Aquitaine to see if they have it (online menu is from months ago).

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      Fine Jan 16, 2014 07:20 PM

      We ended up choosing Bastille and tried the following items: onion soup--not a personal fave so can't comment but BH liked; salade lyonnaise (in English on menu), which, though tasty, had not been made in the traditional way, that is, with freshly cooked bacon, its pan deglazed with vinegar: nonetheless,a flavorful melange of chunks of good bacon, a crouton or two, a breaded(!) runny egg, and the (unwilted) frisee, to which I added a dollop of the vinegar that had come with the olive oil I'd requested for dipping my bread; a very generous serving of herring accompanied by wonderful potatoes, almost reminiscent of our favorite version at Paris's Josephine Chez Dumonet; very tasty merguez served in chunks with very hot, commercial harissa, a dish that would have benefited IMO from some sliced potatoes; andouillette--again, not my thing--but happily devoured by BH; and last, a totally satisfying, rancidity-free cassoulet that contained a generous piece of duck, a light-colored but somewhat coarse and mildly garlicky sausage, and maybe something else--I couldn't tell for sure.

      The ambiance--especially the tape of French songs I kept singing along with--added to the illusion we were on vacation. Our '81 Joe Swan Zin from our own cellar went very well with everything.

      It filled the bill for a late-evening birthday celebration.

      1. re: Fine
        dordogne Jan 16, 2014 07:47 PM

        Oh my, I'm on my way to Cafe Bastille. Wonderful way to save the airfare to France if the herring dish even approaches the version at Chez Dumonet (I've never found anything close to Dumonet's duck confit in the Bay Area).

        1. re: Fine
          Robert Lauriston Jan 16, 2014 08:33 PM

          I'll have to try the herring.

          The "andouillette" they served me wasn't. I don't think the real thing is available around here.


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        dordogne Jan 15, 2014 07:29 PM

        If you're willing to take BART to Rockridge, Oliveto is featuring Liberty duck cassoulet with gigande and flageolet beans, this week only.


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