Eating: Coqueta SF // CRAVE: Huevos Rotos
Brunch can be tough — you usually want several items that all are a range of decent t0 large, hangover-status portions. What about those times you want to try a bunch of different small plates? That’s where Coqueta SF comes in.
An unusual cuisine choice for your weekend brunch, Coqueta is a great San Francisco restaurant serving Spanish food. Even though this change-up from your usual benedicts and burgers can be intimidating, there are a number of options even a timid eater can enjoy.
The menu is broken into a few sections: meats, cheeses, bite-size skewers, open-faced sandwiches, cold small plates, warm small plates, and large plates.
Ideally try something from every section, like these croquetas de pollo. Each bite is a blend of chicken and English peas crusted in chicharrones. It’s recommended to eat the slice of cured citrus after each croqueta to offset the rich flavors.
An open-faced sandwich that looks almost like a lox bagel! This dish was actually so much more. The “Salmón Ahumado” is smoked salmon drizzled with truffle honey on top of a spread of queso fresco. The sweet and salty are great contrasts.
Brunch means cocktails. Coqueta SF has a variety of options, many involving foliage and flowers.
Another classic Spanish dish is patatas bravas, a plate of fried potatoes usually served with a mild red sauce and aioli mayo. (Side note: I think eating this dish studying abroad in Barcelona is when my addiction to mayos began). The Coqueta version lightly smokes and crisps the potatoes and serves them with bravas salsa and garlic aioli.
I only discovered this dish on a return visit to Spain a year ago. “Huevos Rotos” or “broken eggs” are a hugely popular Spanish dish of fried potatoes with sautéed Spanish chorizo that creates a red sauce and fried sunny-side-up eggs. After the dish is served to the table, the waiter will use two forks to mix up all the ingredients to blend all the flavors.
Coqueta SF puts their own twist on huevos rotos with the addition of shrimp.
Spanish food has amazing flavors, don’t hesitate to try it if you get the chance! Having a wide variety of small plates makes it easy to share without getting stuffed too quickly. Coqueta is usually a busy spot, with a cute outdoor patio and great location on the Embarcadero. Sneak into this spot on the day during the weekends to beat the crowds and enjoy the menu (same one served at all meals).
Check out other brunch ideas on the blog here.
Or learn more about Coqueta on their website here.