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Restaurant Name City
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The Flying Saucer San Francisco, CA
It's on the corner of Guerrrero and it's the sort of place you might stumble upon while looking for a place like Le Trou. Fairly small, with 19 tables and an upstairs lavatory which they'll let suitably qualified diners use (?) We ate at the bar, and although it was noisy and the chap next to us either a) had a terrible hangover or b) wished to entertain me in a round of fisticuffs, presumably with the objective of having me bite the end of his nose off we were able to talk. A lot. Good food - we both had the Gamehen, which was great, because although it was very tasty, it wasn't afflicted with any of the many types of food additives (chilli, peppers, curry, some spices &etc) to which my date is allergic. The entree - sorry *appetizers* in this country - list was heavily oriented towards seafood (not best for the date see above) but sounded great. The main menu (all right - the entrees) were varied - gamehen, steak (chateabriand - can't remember) salmon, two other fish dishes, crusty pork and one other, all looked good: I watched what the other diners had. No dessert, although, bless their souls, they served Tiramisu. Cappuchinos were much in evidence. In complete contrast to Zuni, the hostess was a) friendly b) helpful c) pleasant Interestingly, the bar staff had to slide under the bar to get behind it. One rather more athletic member of the staff (although rather less athletic than he believed) attempted to vault same, and ended up testing the resilience of the security bars on the front windows, which were *not* found wanting. There's all sorts of cool stuff there to peek at, including a really neat old gilded mirror and some really naff tat that's kitsch enough to be retro. Best of all, make sure you check out the wine cellar - it's between the front two windows and I can't help but think it used to be a door. Worth a second go.
Bella Vista Restaurant San Mateo, CA
It's half a mile from my house. I usually spend between $200 and $300 when I go there. Majorly special. Don't take your date - take the woman you plan to marry. Or man. Or dog/other domestic species. Whatever you do, ensure you order a souffle - they warn you that they take about 40 minutes to prepare. Grand Marnier is my favourite (after 4 visits). The scallops are quite the best I've ever had. Wine: yes, and best of all the staff will suggest something decent. Champers list is well worth a browse. (No, I didn't get engaged 4 times)
Kaimuki Grill San Mateo, CA
My mate Manuel spent a couple of years in Japan learning how to kill people with swords and things. He reckons Kaimuki Grill is the best sushi place he's eaten outside of Japan. I haven't killed many people, nor dined extensively in Japan (I believe the two statementes to be mutually exclusive) but the food there is consistently tasty, fast and varied. Only other place on the Peninsula worht a look is Toshi's Sushiya
Lhasa Moon San Francisco, CA
Great Tibetian food - spicy and tasty. We ordered vegetarian dishes, and since we didn't know what to get, the waiter brought us out a selection. Parking, as ever, is a bitch; but there's a parking building around the corner on Pierce. Go.