I rarely get drawn in by what I’ve heard about a restaurant’s setting. But Gitane’s European bohemian chic decor seemed so right up my alley that I wanted to see if for myself. And it didn’t hurt that it was on the SF Chronicle’s list of Top 100 Restaurants, so the food had to have some redeeming qualities.
The place is named after a gypsy and the food is inspired from the Basque region nestled between France and Spain. But there seemed to be a touch of Moroccan influence as well. The menu is very eclectic and the decor exotic and hip without being snooty. In fact, the staff was very friendly, without trying too hard.
For our appetizers I ordered the Bastilla which was almost like a fried samosa filled with duck, chicken, nuts, spices, and raisins. It was served with some roasted red peppers for savory contrast. The dish was excellent, rich and meaty, and sweet with warm spice. It’s a heavier appetizer, so I’m happy I ordered the scallops for my entree. But more on that in a minute…
Find out what dish Elaine found most impressive over at VirgoBlue.