Aatxe

Moody Bar Vibes

Moody Bar Vibes

This last weekend the hubs, sis and I lived it up around SF…read: ate everything in SF…and even had the chance to try something fun and new, Aatxe (pronounced AHH-chay). So here’s the thing. I loved it, but I also didn’t love it. Let me explain.

Atmosphere, YES!
Great music (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, thank you!!!), lively city vibe, open kitchen, full tables. Everything was perfect for a Saturday night out on the town.

Drinks, ON POINT!
Spanish wines to swoon over – the pink bubbles were a delight and the most fun and interactive gin + tonic menu I have ever seen. Two gin + tonics ordered and they could not have tasted more different. Floral FOREVA!

Food, just ok…yeah, bummer.
I should point out that most everything was ok (except the green olive flatbread, hard and flavorless unless dunked in garlic oil from shrimp dish) but only a few dishes stood out. There are just too many incredible options in San Francisco to go with something just ok, especially when it’s rather pricey.

My recommendation, it’s worth a visit! Just stick to the bar and order drinks with a few of the pinxtos to share like the deviled eggs which were my favorite dish of the night.

Aatxe
2174 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
415.471.2977

Pretty happy with these

Pretty happy with these

My favorite dish of the night, the smoked salmon deviled eggs

My favorite dish of the night, the smoked salmon deviled eggs

Check out the fun and limitless gin + tonic options!

Check out the fun and limitless gin + tonic options!

The hamachi was good but I wasn't a fan of it paired with fresh peaches...appreciated the seasonal approach though

The hamachi was good but I wasn’t a fan of it paired with fresh peaches…appreciated the seasonal approach though

The jamon was another winner but WAY WAY expensive for the serving size

The jamon was another winner but WAY WAY expensive for the serving size

Mixed reviews on the Spanish rice (their take on paella)...I have had better but it was still tasty

Mixed reviews on the Spanish rice (their take on paella)…I have had better but it was still tasty

Lastly the gambas (shrimp) cooked in hot garlic oil. Good, nothing special, but they sure looked impressive when they came out.

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