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Rockridge delights

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Last weekend, I went over to the Rockridge neighborhood in Oakland twice.  On Saturday, I went to the Conga Lounge for a SF Jezebel meet-up.  The Conga Lounge is a cozy little tiki bar on College Ave, serving delicious Mai Tais along with many other tropical cocktails.  (The Mai Tais, btw, are only $6 between 5-7pm everyday.  A very good deal in these hard economic times!)

The mai tai at the Conga Lounge

The mai tai at the Conga Lounge

On Sunday, I took KO out for a belated birthday dinner.  We originally wanted to go to Soi 4, a Thai small plates place, but it was busy so we went over to Ouzen, a sushi restaurant.  Unfortunately, Ouzen was closed so went across the street to À Côté.  À Côté bills itself as a small plates restaurant, specializing in Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, using primarily locally-grown, seasonal, and organic foods.

We started off with the chicory salad with persimmons and hazelnuts in a pomegranate-tangerine vinaigrette.  I liked how the sweetness of the persimmon balanced the bitterness of the chicory and vinaigrette.  Plus, it was pretty.

Chicory salad

Chicory salad

KO and I both ended up ordering the same main dish, a grilled fish called opah, which tasted sort of like swordfish but was more flaky in texture.  It was served on a bed of lentils and broccoli and covered with “Chermoula,” a sauce made of cilantro and other green herbs that I couldn’t identify but who cares — it was delicious.

Grilled Opah

Grilled Opah

Author: Jen

Howdy! My name is Jen and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I like to eat, run, and blog, but not usually at the same time.

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