Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Friday, June 8, 2012

Drink of the Week: Rosa The Beautiful at Bocanova

Posted By on Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 3:30 PM

click to enlarge LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante
Wandering the Oakland waterfront pathways on the scenic estuary one weekday evening, my brain kept chirping "so THAT'S where that is!" as I spotted Heinhold's Last Stand, Haven, Blue Bottle, Miette Patisserie (it irresistibly smelled of warm cookies), and finally the lavish 96-seat patio at Bocanova. No, we didn't make it very far--parched and peckish from the short walk, we popped into the restaurant.

The cocktails feature a host of homemade syrups and shrubs (vinegar and fruit based infusions) that bar manager Stella Davies makes in house, like in the Blade Runner ($11, Blade Gin, chile, honey, apple cider vinegar shrub, preserved meyer lemon) and in the Madam Azáfran ($6, Nardini Amaro, Dolin Blanc, saffron syrup, club soda, orange).

Perhaps I was still under the fragrant seduction the patisserie next door had cast, but it was the Rosa The Beautiful ($11, Revolucion 100-proof Silver Tequila, strawberry-rose-habañero shrub, sparkling wine, mezcal, All Star Organics dried strawberry) that stole my heart. The cocktail has interesting layers of flavors that drink like a deep conversation or a story. Progressing from smoky to fruity and flowery, ending with lingering spice it make sense that Davies got the name from a character in Isabel Allende's The House Of The Spirits.

Though Rosa's fate in the book isn't good, ours was. Just catching the tail end of the restaurant's impressive happy hour*, the crisp Yucca & Cheese Fritters ($4) and a duo of Prather Ranch Mini-Burger with guasacaca sauce ($5.50) made for a happy ending.

Bocanova, 55 Webster (at Jack London Square), Oakland, (510) 444-1233

*Happy hour: Monday-Saturday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with an additional late-night session Thursday-Saturday 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. with five $5 cocktails and small bites (called Boca Bites, $3-$5.50)

Lou Bustamante tweets at @thevillagedrunk. Follow SFoodie at @sfoodie, and like us on Facebook.
  • Pin It

Tags: , , ,

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"