Summer at Le Garage
It is summer and in my mind there is not a better place to escape the notorious San Francisco fog than at Le Garage in Sausalito. This casual French bistro, facing a boat-filled harbor with crisp sheer light and romantic sunsets, offers an unparalleled Mediterranean experience. For brunch or dinner, and when the weather permits, sit at the terrace with its extensive views of the bay. Hear the sounds of seagulls, watch the boats, breathe the fresh California air, and let yourself be pampered with amazing food and service by the staff at Le Garage.
I visited the place three times this past week, and I loved it every time. The gorgeous setting definitely has a positive effect on patrons’ state of mind. Everywhere I looked, I saw happy and relaxed faces. There is no doubt that once you experience the ambiance at le Garage, you will come back again and again, in search of the lingering effect it has on you.
If you get there for lunch or brunch, you can find an array of easy dishes to order. I had the Masami Kobe beef burger in a ciabatta bun with cheese, tomatoes, and grilled red onions and aioli, served with fries and sprinkled with herbs. The meat is fresh, well done, and in generous portions. The following week I ordered the Duck confit with a maple gastrique, and I was equally impressed by the tenderness of the meat. My friend chose les œufs à la coque served with Serrano ham, roasted potatoes and oyster mushrooms. She told me, “You rarely find this dish served in a restaurant.” For dessert, I tasted the cherry clafoutis. I loved the amount of big cherries inside. It made a big difference to me. I also had the rhubarb tart. It is light, salty and sweet, and it represents the perfect summer dessert!
For dinner, I sat at the bar next to a couple from Sausalito. They were regulars they told me, enjoying very much their dinner and time together. I could see Mount Tam through the big bay window to the north and imagine the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean in a splash of red light. Then behind me I saw the dishes being ordered and leaving the kitchen. They looked yummy. I wish I could taste them all. But I know what I will order next time – the duck in a bed of stone fruits and huckleberries. The bartender recommended the Mussels Napoleon with Early Girl tomatoes, basil pistou, fresh mozzarella and white wine. I was raving about my choice soon after I took my first bite. The T-bone veal chop with girolle mushroom jus looked awesome on the plate as did the Black Canyon Angus Rib-eye au beurre rouge. On Friday and Saturday the chef offers nightly specials.
Bravo to owners Bruno and Olivier (the executive chef) who have done an amazing job by creating this place, having the most welcoming staff and tending to their clients with care and delicious food.
- Le Garage’s web site!
- 85 Liberty Ship Way # 109, Sausalito 94965
- Lunch/Brunch 10Am-2:30PM, Dinner 5:30PM-9:30PM
- (415) 332-5625