Review: Corridor.

From Hi Neighbor Hospitality Group that brought you Stones Throw and Trestle, both popular restaurants in the city, their newest restaurant is another hit.

Corridor, a New American restaurant, is more casual than their previous restaurants with a café located next door. The café is only opened during the day and serves coffee, tea, pastries, sandwiches, and soups and salads, while the restaurant next door is opened all day with a full menu. We came here for dinner and the atmosphere was really pleasant, warm and welcoming with an open kitchen. We were seated upstairs which was slightly more formal than downstairs where there are large communal tables. Their menu is divided into sharables, salads and soups, pastas, and main courses and everything sounded delicious. They even have happy hour from 3-6pm where all beers, wines by the glass, and low proof cocktails (they don’t have a full liquor license) are only $5! A bargain.

We started off with two of the shareable dishes.

Calamari Misto with Smoked Potato, Harissa Aioli, and Olive Tapenade (7/10).

I liked that they were fried pieces of calamari as well as sautéed marinated pieces of squid giving a nice textural contrast. However, the fried calamari could have been crispier. The raw slices of crunchy celery was refreshing and the salty olive tapenade gave the dish necessary seasoning.

Monkey Bread with Cheddar Cheese, Chive Oil, and Basil Aioli (8/10).

Monkey bread is typically a sweet pastry with pull apart pieces of dough flavored with cinnamon. Theirs was a savory version that was pretty freakin’ delicious. Super light and airy bread flavored with Cheddar cheese and a creamy basil dipping sauce.

As for other appetizers, I heard their French onion soup with pieces of short rib is scrumptious but we passed since we didn’t want to order too much food. For entrées, we ordered one of the pasta dishes and a protein focused dish.

Garganelli Bolognese with Burrata Cheese, Calabrian Chili, and Basil (7/10).

The garganelli was okay, I would have liked the pasta to be more on the al dente side but that’s my personal preference. The sauce needed a little more oomph especially since I didn’t taste any of the Calabrian chili. Typically I love Burrata cheese but the cheese was slightly congealed which defeats the purpose of the creamy runny Burrata cheese. A few tweaks to the dish could make this stellar.

Maine Style Shrimp Roll with Fries (8.5/10).

The shrimp roll was bombbbb! Gotta love a brioche bun, buttered and toasted, stuffed with chunks of shrimp tossed in a rich dressing with creamy pieces of avocado. Fries were on point too with the Old Bay aioli.

Portions were pretty substantial to what we’re used to in San Francisco so we decided to skip dessert (the brownie sundae sounded awesome). Not only were portions reasonable but also the price was on point. For three drinks (happy hour prices), two appetizers, and two main courses, the bill was around $80 including tip. For the city, that’s a pretty good deal. Overall, Corridor was a pleasant dining experience so my rating is a 7.5/10.

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