We had one of the best meals we've had in San Francisco in recent memory at Gitane, an Iberian-peninsula-inspired tapas place in a dark alley.
Bacon bonbons -- prunes stuffed with goat cheese, wrapped in smoked bacon, spiced port glaze ($10).
Bastilla -- sweet and savory pastry with chicken, spiced almonds, apricot fennel salad ($13).
Yes! Hot and flaky! Salty and sweet! From this point on, our meal was superb.
Calamares stuffed with bacon and onion, manzanilla olives, cherry tomatoes, heirloom potatoes ($16).
Astounding. Our party of three all agreed that this was the star dish of the night. Even though garlic is not mentioned in the menu description, this skillet was a garlic lover's dream. Super flavorful. Super delicious.
Rabanetes -- sauteed radishes, harissa butter ($7).
A tangy, crunchy, refreshing contrast to our entrees.
Caille -- Tolenas Farm quail, chorizo apple stuffing, celery root gratin and cider jus ($28).
Bruxelas -- Brussels sprouts, golden raisins, pomegranate, brown sugar sherry vinaigrette ($7).
Another great contrasting side. Shredded yumminess with tart pomegranate pops.
Beignets with melted chocolate, naughty cream, and seasonal fruit preserves ($7).
Cafe du Monde, but the lovely dipping options made up for this. I was big fan of the naughty cream, which was basically vanilla bean cream.
I definitely want to come back to Gitane to sample more of its interesting menu. Lucky for me, Mr. Monkey feels the same.