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Best San Francisco restaurants - walking distance of Union Square

You have some very good suggestions, just make sure your group is aware that some of these places can be very expensive such as Hakkasan & Roka Akor.

There was a report here not long ago from a businessman whose group really enjoyed Hakkasan but commented how expensive it was.

I realize your group did ask for some of the more expensive type of meals, so please ignore everything I said if budget is not an issue.

Napa Valley Lunch - Saturday, Late September

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch - but I haven't been

London next week, upscale but not high end nor set menu

Thanks for the list Indy; had Lima down for "summer cocktails".

Jul 26, 2015
ceekskat in U.K./Ireland

London next week, upscale but not high end nor set menu

Hope to make it to Borough Market & hopefully will come across that same donut! My 16 yr old is a pastry/dessert connoisseur if you will. Loves bacon donut at Dynamo Donuts in SF though similar donut at District Donuts in NOLA was quite delicious. No oyster lovers in our household I'm afraid :)

Jul 26, 2015
ceekskat in U.K./Ireland

Seeking Modern French and other advice for Paris, 1st week of Aug

Thank you & good to know about Raphael! A friend did recommend Panoramique restaurant at Terrass.

http://www.terrass-hotel.com/english/...

Jul 23, 2015
ceekskat in France

Seeking Modern French and other advice for Paris, 1st week of Aug

Perhaps if we suffer from French food fatigue :)

Jul 23, 2015
ceekskat in France

Seeking Modern French and other advice for Paris, 1st week of Aug

Shrimp, lobster & oysters are positive; therefore I've decided to refrain from anything that doesn't look like a fish. 16 yr old is allergic to shrimp but extremely fearful of trying other seafood (besides fish). We do consume foods cooked in the same fryer as shrimp, etc (fries, egg roll).

Ironically enough, we are ardent sushi fans!

Jul 23, 2015
ceekskat in France

Seeking Modern French and other advice for Paris, 1st week of Aug

Thank you John, will check out some of these places.

Jul 23, 2015
ceekskat in France

Seeking Modern French and other advice for Paris, 1st week of Aug

First, thank you local hounds for your tireless posts & blogs. I have researched but would still appreciate a bit of guidance. Family of four, including girls ages 16 & 19, will be arriving July 31st for 6 nights.

Two of us have shellfish allergy and in addition, abstain from beef. It seems many of the modern French places have set menus; however, given our dietary restrictions, I would prefer an a la carte place. So far, I have found Terroir Parisien, Zebulon, Les Climats & Le Violon d'ingres to be open during the time we are there. I'm also trying to find places where my girls will feel special occasion; don't need trendy but a nice decor/atmosphere with patrons of mixed ages would go over well. Thoughts on these or other recs that are open during this time? Budget, up to €900 including cocktails, wine, service.

Also, any particular places known for lamb? For other than classic French, I have noted A.Noste downstairs.

I do have dinner reservations at following places which include friends' recommendations. Have noted many cafes and bistros for lunch.

Le Bon Georges
La Philippe de Cuisine - my 16 yr old is a dessert fanatic
La Fontaine de Mars - should I substitute with Bistrot Paul Bert for the steak frites lovers in our family?
Fish La Boisonnerie

Thoughts?

Thank you.

Jul 23, 2015
ceekskat in France

London next week, upscale but not high end nor set menu

Perhaps misstating on my part? I don't equate upscale with $$$$ (Ramsey), rather more like $$-$$$ (Palomar-Locanda).

Good to know about Palomar, thank you.

Jul 22, 2015
ceekskat in U.K./Ireland

London next week, upscale but not high end nor set menu

Thank you, will call Locanda. On wait list at Fera.

Looks like I have my pick of restaurants at lunch, with so many recommended ones being open for lunch as well as dinner (not always the case at home). Will keep this in mind as I'm sightseeing.

Jul 22, 2015
ceekskat in U.K./Ireland

London next week, upscale but not high end nor set menu

Quo Vadis or Barrafina may work out for late lunch/early dinner on day of arrival (LHR @ noon), thank you. I do have Salt Yard reserved for one night. Cancel this if we do Barrafina?

Any recs for a splurge a la carte meal* (£500 including cocktails, wine, service). I forget I have to recalibrate pricing for cities such as London, NYC, Paris, etc. £90 menu at Ledbury was very tempting but alas no res.

Also open to Greek, Lebanese, Italian.

*open to 3 or 4 course menu where substitutions are not a problem

Jul 22, 2015
ceekskat in U.K./Ireland

London next week, upscale but not high end nor set menu

We are a family of four from San Francisco including 16 & 19 yr old girls staying at The Soho Hotel for 3 nights. Prefer a place which takes dinner reservations & has a la carte menu due to shellfish allergies. I realize I'm a bit late with reservations but appreciate your help.

Was unable to get res at preferred times at Gymkhana, Nopi, Palomar, Honey & Co....will try to do lunch. Trishna menu didn't excite me.

Aware of Dishoom, Barrafina, E Pellici, Borough Market

Looking for good food (not too gamey, lamb we love) in convivial atmosphere. Had Gordon Ramsey down based on friend's suggestion but balked at combination of $$$$ and mixed reviews here.

Social Eating House?

Thank you.

Jul 21, 2015
ceekskat in U.K./Ireland

La Taqueria & Special Place for Cocktails? [San Francisco]

Are there any bites at the Saison bar?

Also, we did order the smoky Negroni at Hakkasan based on a previous thread & felt it didn't deliver. The prep was fun but smokiness was weak & drink was ok. May be depends on bartender? Generally speaking, we enjoy Hakkasan bar.

school wide cookout...dessert help

Recently I had a delicious choc/caramel type bar at a school event. Btw, I'm not a caramel person & I loved It. Don't have that recipe but here's something similar I found online...

http://pinchofyum.com/chocolate-caram...

May 21, 2015
ceekskat in Home Cooking

Nice early Sunday dinner in Palo Alto, plus transportation help

At 5:00 p.m. on a Sunday? FWIW, it's not Father's Day.

7 of us, including grandparents, celebrated DD's graduation last year during weekday lunch and recall noise was not intolerable. My parents really enjoyed their respective seafood entrees. We were seated at round table by window next to stairs. Another large party was seated at a table between us and hostess stand which I think would also work for any noise issues.

Nice early Sunday dinner in Palo Alto, plus transportation help

I second Donato in RWC & also recommend Left Bank in Menlo Park. Latter is solid bistro fare with good service & drinks. Another option is Flea St. Cafe; however, only opens at 5:30.

Girls lunch pre-Union Square shopping [San Francisco]

For the kind of day you are looking to have, I think Hakkasan would be great start. Fun, chic, trendy environment & great service.

Girls lunch pre-Union Square shopping [San Francisco]

Hakkasan.

Mother's day brunch

Our favorite Sunday "brunch" is Yank Sing. As previous poster said, check Opentable asap. Maybe Marlowe, Four Seasons.

Kid Friendly in Napa

Bistro Don Giovanni, Oxbow Market, Grace's Table & Rutherford Grill (but feel it has become overpriced)

Donato Enoteca, Redwood City

DH always gets the bigoli pasta with braised oxtail & has yet to be disappointed. On our most recent visit a couple of months ago, I had a carpaccio plate with greens dressed in a nice, tangy vinaigrette which made for a great combination. Have also enjoyed their prosciutto in the past. Also, been some time since I've ordered entrees but have liked their sea bass.

Last few times, we've sat at the bar and have been introduced to some great amaro.

Having said that, I am not sure if it is worth a 30-40 minute detour. Definitely give it a try if ever in the neighborhood.

Visiting San Jose -recommendations dimsum/szechuan/bbq/cambodian/etc

Just found out Anjappar (S,Indian) has opened in Santa Clara near Orenchi...much easier trek for us.

Please share favorite recipe for an egg casserole/strata

I made a breakfast casserole recently for the first time & used first recipe in this thread:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/689496

Came out quite well. I used a 1 lb French loaf & trimmed crust. Next time, I will add chopped onions & red pepper to sausage mix.

Dec 22, 2014
ceekskat in Home Cooking

ISO, $10.00 Red Holiday Wine

Afraid I'm not familiar with that one.

Dec 19, 2014
ceekskat in Wine

ISO, $10.00 Red Holiday Wine

Didn't know how widely the 2010 Cune Crianza Rioja was distributed; otherwise, I would definitely have recommended it. This is probably my qpr bottle of the year.

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku...

Dec 19, 2014
ceekskat in Wine

ISO, $10.00 Red Holiday Wine

Keep meaning to buy these as they have pretty good reviews...2012 Bogle Essential Red and the 2012 Columbia Crest H3 cab. Have had the latter in an earlier vintage and thought it was good qpr. I did buy a 2012 Blackstone Merlot for $5 at Costco recently for cooking and was pleasantly surprised at how well it drank.

Dec 19, 2014
ceekskat in Wine

Jeffrey's in Menlo Park - now open

Called Trader Joe's twice yesterday morning to see if they had something & no one answered and thought it was odd. On way back from gym, several lights were out on ECR and noticed power outage at TJ's as well as pretty much entire Santa Cruz ave.

Learned later there was a 2 hr outage.

Have Le Cirque down, would appreciate other suggestions including bakeries

Yes, we will have a car. Good to know about Manan & Rincon sounds great for lunch. Thanks.

Dec 08, 2014
ceekskat in Las Vegas

Have Le Cirque down, would appreciate other suggestions including bakeries

Read the positive reviews here for Veranda but ruled it out for dinner thinking it may not be lively enough for girls.

I just looked at Raku Sweets...for some reason I had just seen the prix fixe part; good to know they have a la carte and open during the day on weekends. Even if we don't make it to Raku, will definitely try to go for sweets.

So many places to eat, so little time.

Thank you.

Dec 08, 2014
ceekskat in Las Vegas