Thank you very much for all these helpful tips. I will certainly try The Dining Room and Chez Panisse and possibly also Nopalito and Mochica. You have a wonderful reservation system in the Open Table. If you are flexible with dates and times you can often make a reservation, I found. Now Imust do some packing. Thanks again Cornelius
----- Chez Panisse 1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709
Mochica 937 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Thank you for all the first hand information. It's wonderful, like having your own correspondent well informed friend in another part of the world. I suppose you are right about the steak houses. (But so American) So I did try a branch in Singapore (don't follow) and at a Miami airport hotel. And indeed I can do better and of all places in Puerto Rico I found an hotel room with kitchen and bought excellent US beef. The nice and 'rotund' lady at the reception said: "you're cooking yourself, mmmm!" As for Brussels: yes why go to another place for eating? We live in Zaventem, the airport suburb and there are 20 restaurants within walking distance - about 6 across the street. It's a village really. Baker, butcher next door. Still I don't eat out as much as I used to. It takes too much time. I can get live (Dover-) soles - have to rest a day - and lovely lobsters (season over now) that I can prepare better than most restaurants thanks to the advice of my Singaporean friends. I would go to a 3star restaurant but they always think that patrons are there for a celebration and take too long. A simple but worthwhile restaurant in Zaventem is the Cameleon Citron. When I commended the owneress on the quality and freshness of the soles, she said: "Ah but we get it delivered twice a day" By now I booked a table at La Folie (just by coincidence) and will try o book the others to morrow. Thanks again, Cornelius
Thank you - Would be fine - from other earlier messages I thought this would be one of the first to try. But I'd have to wait more than 8 weeks to make a reservation. This restaurant may be good but as an outsider who does know his way around in the best restaurants in Europe I think that passions - for restaurants - come and go. There is a good chanche that if your patience has been tested that much the result will disappoint. Still thanks very much as it gives me an idea where I should go if I just stayed long enough in SF (I'd love that)
Thank you Thomas, We will try both. I realise that Fisherman's Wharf is very touristy but for me it is comforting to know that the city doesn't stretch further in one direction so I can easily find my way. How about this Gary Danko that seemed to be popular in older board messages?
----- Gary Danko 800 N Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Thank you. I'll read up further on Slanted Door. What about Harris' for a steak house? You may ask, why a steak house? Well we do get US beef in Europe - not too easy and actually too expensive, considering the $/€ rate. But nearly aways it is good. Another thing is that in America you can buy cuts that you never see in Europe, like flank or flab(?)
----- Slanted Door Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111
Thank you Daveena. I found another question answered where most of the information was available. You people must get a little bored answering the same questions so often. We like restaurants that are a bit experimental. But traditional is also fine. We'd rather go for the best but would not want to book weeks ahead. Noticed we can book at GD. Still advised?All ethnic restaurants are fine but from SF we fly to Hong Kong and Singapore so would skip Chinese unless exceptional. We'd like to try a steak house too if we'd know which is the very, very best. Any typical SF/Cal. restaurant should be fine. As a tourist we only know Scoma's (not too refined but interesting, public too) and McCormick & -- (not bad the two times we ate there).
Next week I will be staying a few days at the Marriott Fisherman's Wharf with my son. We like extremely good food. Either traditional or experimental but preferably places that use local ingredients. Within walking distance woud be fine but we can take taxis of course. Price doesn't matter much as long as the quality is good. The food is more important to us than the surroundings.