Shokolaat CLOSED 516 University Ave./Cowper St., (650) 289-0719. Tea (8-4) & D Tu-Sun; $$.
Set way back from the street, with a protected dining patio in front, this spot is decorated in cool grays and blacks and features an open kitchen. A banquette lines one wall, and additional seating is at the bar. Cocktails include a fresh, lemony Persian Fling as well as an international wine list. Though the menu is limited, housemade soups are exceptional, as is quail stuffed with figs and foie gras on the dinner menu. Desserts include a chocolate souffle as well as a pastry case filled with delectable sweets. Best of all is a selection of tiny jewel-like chocolates. Delicious breads and the desserts and chocolates are made at a sister business in San Mateo.
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