A Welcome Home Lunch at Coqueta

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One of my best friends Sasha moved back home to San Francisco from Australia a couple months ago. She was gone for over two years and while we made sure to see each other a few times during that period, my friends and I are more than happy that she is back in the Bay Area for good! Now we can hang out whenever we want and one of our favorite things to do is eat. So one Saturday afternoon we all met at Chef Michael Chiarello’s Spanish restaurant Coqueta to celebrate Sasha’s homecoming.

Coqueta had been on my restaurant list for a while because I had been hearing nothing but good things about the tapas menu. I went to Chiarello’s Bottega in the Napa valley which was really good so I had high expectations for Coqueta and it did not disappoint. There were five of us total for our lunch and we went all out when it came to order plates to share family style.

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A pitcher of white wine sangria for the table. I loved their glasses!
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This is California so of course we ordered Ensalada de Kale with roasted squash, pomegranate, and garbanzos.
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Deviled eggs on saffron potatoes (upper left) and croquetas de pollo or chicken (bottom right)
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Chef’s selection of cured meats and cheeses
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Classic tapas dish of patatas bravas with bravas salsa and garlic aioli
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Roasted peppers with serrano ham
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Duck and pork meatballs
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Spanish rice with cauliflower-corn cream, tomatoes, and squash

Yes, everything was as good as it looks. It’s hard to choose my favorite thing that we ate but if you really want to know, I loved the duck and pork meatballs and the Spanish rice. I went to Spain a long time ago so I can’t fairly compare but the food at Coqueta set the bar pretty high.  The architecture and decor were “Spanish-rustic” (I just made that term up) with an open-facing kitchen, wooden beams and floors, richly colored plates, glasses, napkins, and curtains, and large windows on opposite walls facing out to the water and the Embarcadero.

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The view of the Embarcadero from our table

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I definitely want to come back here again and just a couple days after our lunch, my brother mentioned to me that he wants to eat at Coqueta when he comes to visit so I am going to crash that reservation for all it’s worth.

Welcome home Sasha!

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