Monday, May 23, 2016

4 Stars Rating After Over 2000 Reviews? It Better be Good!

And it was!!! Boulevard in San Francisco was truly a memorable dining experience.

According to MICHELIN guide inspectors,
“Housed in one of the city's most historic buildings, this Belle Époque stunner is still breathtaking after more than 20 years, with glamorous mosaic floors, colorful glass, and polished bronze at every turn. The Embarcadero-adjacent location offers lovely views of the Bay Bridge and the water, and business lunchers as well as evening romance-seekers adore its transporting vibe. Chef/owner Nancy Oakes is known as a pioneer of Californian cooking, with comforting takes on standards like Dungeness crab with avocado and ruby-red grapefruit, burrata served with a side of shaved kale, and flaky halibut over a mashed potato cake. Sweets are notable: try the pear- and apple-studded winter symphony crisp or creamy butterscotch pudding with pecan granola for a bit of bliss”.

We were there for our dear friend’s birthday and oh boy, aren’t we glad she selected such an awesome place to celebrate her special day!

When we entered the restaurant, we immediately greeted with an upscale vintage decor with romantic lighting. We felt like movie stars from the 1960s walking into the lobby of some luxurious hotel. We were seated at a comfortable table right next to the window where we have a view of the Bay Bridge, which looked absolutely stunning that night.

Our server was professional, knowledgeable and approachable. We all indulged in appetizers, entrée, desserts and wine. They were all super luxurious. It’s truly a must visit in the city!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Capellini is Back!

We were extremely upset when the Ristorante Capellini in downtown San Mateo was closed…however, we are now elated that new life has been breathed into the long-standing ornate site of the same location!

“Capellini is housed in a Spanish Colonial Revival building built in 1930. The tri-level restaurant was designed by Pat Kuleto. The main dining space is balanced by the free standing bar and open kitchen. Fresh bread and pasta are made daily by hand from scratch. Wines from Italy, California and other parts of the world are chosen to showcase flavors to their fullest enjoyment.

Capellini brings warmth and atmosphere to the heart of downtown of San Mateo, ensure that each guest gets a taste of the full range of flavors found in the Italian regions”.

One of the reasons we love this place is because this is the restaurant were we met more than a decade ago!

We decided to sit at the bar and the bar tenders were super awesome! (Nicholas and Patrick!).

We also thoroughly enjoyed our steak and pasta.

Thank you for coming back to our lives Capellini!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Latin-Inspired Cuisine, Michelin Star Worthy

Set in one of Redwood City’s snazziest streets, LV Mar draws a regular crowd of Silicon techs by day; evenings brings couples out for date night.

LV Mar

The dining room is classy yet modern with a touch of lounge atmosphere. There are large inviting windows that open to the outdoor patio with multiple heaters to maximize dining experience.

An inviting bar that hosts a variety of exotic drinks and the menu is full of surprising elements.

We started our night by meeting the talented yet affable Chef Manuel Martinez. We were mesmerized by his creativity and passion for food.

Here is a new drink that he created. We love the spiced rim!!!

We desired the following dishes:
Ceviche Mixto:
A combination of octopus, scallop, halibut dressed with orange, red onion & rocotto chile, lime. The best part was the plantain on the side!!

Calamares Salteados:
Sautéed calamari, mussels and chorizo with saffron lime, garlic aioli, crouton. And the unexpected welcomed guest is the potatoes!

Pulpo y Chorizo:
Grilled octopus and chorizo tacos with olives, fennel, onions and serrano Chile sauce.

Pato Con Mole
Seared duck breast with crispy corn croquette, cherry & pear compote, mole….what an awesome combination!!

We completed our date night by going back to the basics: chocolate cake and ice cream! They were so delectable and sure are not your basic cake and ice cream!

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