Text message conversation between myself and one of my BFFs, last Friday at approximately 5:00PM. Paraphrased for your reading pleasure.
Me: “Are we still doing dinner? What do you feel like? Sushi, BYO, Italian?”
BFF: “I don’t care b****, I’m starvin!”
My friends and I are very nice to each other like that. (Please know the b-word is truly used as a term of endearment here. Of course.)
After a few more texts, we decided to head to the Bloomfield area and visit Sausalido. A call to the restaurant around 6PM was able to get a reservation for two at 7:15 – this pretty much sealed the deal. I have passed Sausalido many times while driving down Liberty and was always somewhat annoyed by the weird spelling of Sausalido (Sausalito anyone?). However, I was surprised by lots of positive Urbanspoon reviews and the fact that the place was BYO. Always a plus.
Sausalido is tiny but we were quickly seated, even though we were late for our reservation. Tables are close together but there was a relaxed feel to the restaurant and great local art adorned the walls. The waiter popped our wine and we settled in.
The menu is smaller but had some great looking options. I ended up with the white fish with bananas (appeared to be plaintains) over roasted potatoes. My BFF got a huge porkchop served over mashed potatoes. Both meals were served with better than average salads (nice greens and beets and chickpeas and cherry tomatoes) and bread and white bean dip.
Really, the execution of both dishes exceeded my expectations. The place is not cheap ($20-$30 entrees) but all components of the dishes appeared to be made up of quality ingredients and portion sizes were large (if you are into that sort of thing). This is a place I could envision bringing my family or maybe a first date. Casual but classy. A spot with classic dishes for pickier eaters but also some unexpected tasty things happening (like pairing the white fish with plantains).
A big wedge of Nutella cheesecake ended our meal. Yum.
Service was friendly and prompt and corkage is $3 per person. I think this is definitely a spot to check out, particularly if you live in the area. It surprised me!