Much like its menu of Basque cuisine, which by itself isn’t prolific in San Francisco restaurants, Gitane combines several different elements for a whole package that is a uniquely alluring . A happening bar scene downstairs mixes with couples and larger groups dining upstairs, and a few tables set out on Claude Lane. The food successfully melds influences from France, Spain, and Northern Africa, making for a full-flavoured experience. Bastillas share the menu with Dungeness crab croquetas, Monterey squid stuffed with meaty portobello mushrooms and tabouli salad with tiger prawns. While some restaurants that fall under the fusion umbrella may just seem confused, Gitane combines all of its elements in a sophisticated way.