MANRESA

MANRESA

Michelin Star San Francisco Bay Area

Manresa

320 Village Ln, Los Gatos, CA 95030
(408) 354-4330
www.manresarestaurant.com
American

Chef’s Menu – 2013

After enjoying a fabulous meal in 2009, we returned with a party of five for a winter menu. Menus change with the seasons. I must say the service continues to excel. Food comprised of nine dishes plus desserts. Each course was a work of art, visually and in its preparation and taste.

Amuse Bouche

red pepper and black olive madeleines
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Bread

house-baked bread
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First Course

local milk panna cotta with abalone
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Second Course

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Third Course

locally grown greens, flowers and herbs and “soil”
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Fourth Course

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Fifth Course

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Sixth Course

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Seventh Course

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Eigth Course

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Ninth Course

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Petit Fours

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January Menu

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LA FOLIE

LA FOLIE

San Francisco Bay Area

La Folie

2316 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 776-5577
www.lafolie.com
French

CHEF’S FIVE COURSE MENU

We ordered the 5 course piggy menu and were STUFFED. You don’t want to ruin your expensive meal by overeating! Presentation is beautiful. The dessert course was probably the least outstanding.

Bread

french baguette
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Amuse Bouche

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egg yolk with leek cream soup
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Osetra Caviar

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Brentwood Farms Sweet Corn Soup

lobster, truffle, crispy sweetbreads
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Seared Day Boat Scallop & Crispy Sweetbreads

on nantais carrot puree, truffle vinaigrette
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Quail and Squab

stuffed with mushrooms, wrapped in crispy potato strings, truffled jus
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Seasonal Sorbets

mixed berries sorbet and yuzu granite, passion fruit sorbet cannoli
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Petit Fours

chocolate plantain, canele de bourdeaux, madeleines with brandied cherries, apricot pate de fruit
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Brenda’s French Soul Food

Brenda’s French Soul Food

San Francisco Bay Area

Brenda’s French Soul Food

652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 345-8100
frenchsoulfood.com
Cajun

Sunday Brunch

A taste of Lousiana! We were excited to try it out based on the reviews and always seeing the line formed outside, which is usually a good sign. They have good beignets, big and fluffy. The cheddar grits was a bit too cheesy and heavy for me. Overall atmosphere is very open and bright. Portions are really big so make sure to share!

Beignet Flight

plain, chocolate, granny smith apple, crayfish
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Granny Smith Apple

sweetened with cinnamon honey butter
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Crayfish

spiced with cayenne, scallions & cheddar
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Chocolate

molten Ghirardelli chocolate
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Eggs Benedict

two poached eggs on cream biscuits with creole hollandaise and grits
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Shrimp & Grits

sauteed shrimp, cheddar grits, spicy tomato-bacon gravy
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BENU

BENU

Michelin Star San Francisco Bay Area

Benu

22 Hawthorne St.,San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 685-4860
www.benusf.com
Asian Fusion

18 Course Tasting Menu

1st Course

Thousand-year old quail egg, potage, ginger
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2nd Course

Oyster, pork belly, kimchi
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3rd Course

Potato salad with anchovy
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4th Course

Wild salmon roe, eggplant, buckwheat, perlla
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5th Course

Chicken liver steamed in rice wine, caviar, green apple, radish, brioche
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6th Course

eel, feuille de brick, crème fraîche, lime
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7th Course

Sesame tofu, black moss, baby corn.
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Tomato and preserved plum
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9th Course

Lobster coral xiao long bao
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10th Course

Salt and pepper squid
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11th Course

Sablefish, soft shell clam, black bean, squash
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12th Course

Abalone blanquette
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13th Course

Duck, cucumber, scallion, Shaoxing wine, black truffle bun
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14th Course

Roast quail, turnip, spicy cabbage, cherry
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15th Course

“Shark’s fin” soup, dungeness crab, Jinhua ham, black truffle custard
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16th Course

Melon, sake, pine
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17th Course

Spice cake, blueberry, yogurt, oatmeal ice cream
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18th Course

Chocolates
benu_petite_four

SWAN OYSTER DEPOT

SWAN OYSTER DEPOT

San Francisco Bay Area

Swan Oyster Depot

1517 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 673-1101
Seafood

What to expect

Having lived in San Franciso for several years, I’ve never thought about this place. It was on one of Anthony Bourdain’s shows and since a friend was visiting from LA, we decided to check this place out. It’s a small place (a bar with about 20 stools) so expect to wait in line (hour+).

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Clam Chowder

The clam chowder wasn’t what I’m used to. It had the clam flavor but it was a bit watery.
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Shrimp Cocktail

lots baby shrimp and cocktail sauce
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Oysters

mixed dozen oysters
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Combination Sashimi Sicilian Style

salmon, tuna, capers, olive oil, red onion, black pepper
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MASA’S

MASA’S

San Francisco Bay Area

Masa’s

648 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 989-7154
French
closed on 2013

CHEF’S TASTING MENU

I was treated to Masa’s for my birthday dinner. The dining room is quite old-fashioned and very quiet. We went with their 9 Course Tasting Menu. The preparations were complex in flavor, well-plated, and used modern techniques. Overall, a great dining experience for special occasions.

Amuse Bouche

cheese puffs
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Amuse Bouche

oyster, farm raised osetera caviar
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Bread

brioche roll, sourdough
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Violet Artichokes

marble potatoes, fiddlehead ferns, deviled egg sauce
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Grilled Asparagus

twenty minute quail egg, horse mackerel, pickled hon-shemiji
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Fruits de Mer

lobster, uni, calamari, daikon, tosaka, aji amarillo, black sesame
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Octopus

spring onions, chorizo consomme
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Maine Monkfish

celery root, black trompette mushrooms
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Hot Foie Gras

baby turnips, vinegar sauce, fried onions
masas_foie_gras

Whole Roasted Paine Farms Squab Breast

baby bok choy, kohlrabi
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Cheese Course

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Palate Cleanser

juicy, tart, sweet tangerine granite
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Birthday Coconut Panna Cotta

key lime, lima dolce, silver lime
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Petit Fours

chocolates, lollipops, macaroon
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masas_petit_fours

STATION HOUSE CAFE

STATION HOUSE CAFE

San Francisco Bay Area

Station House Cafe

11180 State Rt 1, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
(415) 663-1515
www.stationhousecafe.com
American

Lunch Menu

Plenty of menu choices and breakfast is served all day. Great for a rest stop drink or some eats while walking around town for the day.

Tomales Bay Mussels

steamed with shallots, white wine, butter & garlic

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Fettuccine

fettuccine with clams, fresh tomatoes, garlic, butter & white wine
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Fish & Chips

true cod fried with lagunitas IPA beer batter & served with hand-cut fries and coleslaw
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Dessert

bread pudding
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CHEZ TJ

CHEZ TJ

San Francisco Bay Area

Chez TJ

938 Villa Street, Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 964-7466
www.cheztj.com
French/American

Gastronomique Menu – 2010

I heard good things about the new chef Scott Nishiyama and it intrigued us to give it another try. Food was prepared and presented in a most excellent way. Overall you will leave happy and full.

Amuse Bouche

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Soup of Roasted Parsnip and Coconut

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Pacific Amberjack “Gravlax”

Hickory, Potato, Persimmon, Yogurt
chez-tj_amberjack

Massachusetts Diver Sea Scallops

Clobe Artichokes, Yukon Gold Potato, Sturgeon Caviar
chez-tj_scallop

Palate Cleanser

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Sonoma Poussin

Carrot, Truffle, Smoking Clove
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Trio of Fromage

Grayson, Meadow Creek Farm, Virginia
Txiki, Barinaga Ranch, California
Crottin, Redwood Hill Farms, California
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Petit Fours

chez-tj_petit_fours

BAUME

BAUME

San Francisco Bay Area

Baumé

201 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 328-8899
www.baumerestaurant.com
French

DECOUVERTE MENU  |  OCTOBER 2010

The menu lists that evening’s featured ingredients, such as asparagus, vermouth, liquid nitrogen, and pineapple, but holds no clue as to how they will be presented in dishes. You can expect a variety of small plates and interesting food chemistry. It was an unexpected fun hot-and-cold experience.

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Amuse Bouche

scallop sashimi
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Amuse Bouche

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First Course

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Bread

tofu parsley whip and balsamic vinaigrette emulsification
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Second Course

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Third Course

62 degree egg
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Fourth Course

foie gras
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Fifth Course

truffle
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Sixth Course

pork belly
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Seventh Course

tofu fried veggies
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Eigth Course

cheese
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Ninth Course

Lychee amuse bouche to complement the scallop amuse bouche from the beginning of the meal
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Tenth Course

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Special treat from the chef

parfait
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Amuse Bouche

banana bread with raspberry explosion
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BAUME

BAUME

San Francisco Bay Area

Baumé

201 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 328-8899
www.baumerestaurant.com
French

TEN COURSE MENU

First Course

scallop done sashimi-style with tamari, basque espelette pepper, and lilikoi pearls
baume_scallop_sashimi

Bread

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Second Course

62 degree egg
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Third Course

truffle
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Fourth & Fifth Course

Left: sous vide Halibut with avocado puree
Right: scallop and foie gras
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Sixth & Seventh Course

Left: thai-style crushed peanuts, prawns, red curry foam, green curry and cucumbers
Right: peaches and cheese plate
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Eighth Course

chocolate parfait (my favorite!)
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Ninth Course

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Tenth Course

banana bread with raspberry explosion
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