Some Reviews of Our Favorite Restaurants by Guests
Some of our guests were kind enough to let us know about their experiences at some of our favorite restaurants.
Chef Lorenzo of Tre Scalini fame on Piazza Navona offers a great dinner experience at Allegro Romano, which he transports from Rome to Jones Street atop the Broadway Tunnel. One can order a la carte, but the real joy is having the house speciality: a five-course meal consisting of antipasti, pasta, meat, fish, and dessert (yes, in that order–Lorenzo recommended to us that the fish come after the meat!).
Every dish was beautiful, savory, and plentiful. The wine-by-the-carafe was fantastic: first a white Veneto, then a Toscano red. Dinner tastes and feels like an evening on Piazza Navona itself! Owner-Chef Lorenzo parades up and down the restaurant making sure that everyone is happy, and the rest of the staff is also very attentive and wonderful to be with. This is a great place for an intimate dinner or a big table feast with family and friends. Very highly recommended.
Hyde Street Bistro:
Born in Lyon and raised in Alsace, Yannick Cuindoz has created a great French bistrot whose ambiance will remind you of wonderful evenings and culinary delights in France. This is a small restaurant where the young owner is likely to greet you at the door and take care of you throughout the evening. Choose from wonderful terrines, unusual salades and other delicacies among the first courses (“entrées”), then plunge into a savory main course either by sea or by land. Yannick will guide you through his small, but extremely well-chosen wine list: We remember once starting with a surprisingly aromatic Macon-Fuissé, then a full and deep Château Cap Léon Veyzin Bordeaux which we nurtured for the latter part of the meal. The desserts are also as memorable as they are French. This restaurant offers a quiet and relaxed dinner environment which will charm you.
One of San Francisco’s finest restaurants and recipient of a coveted Michelin star (should have been two!), Lyonnais chef Roland Passot creates a table of delicacies whose flavors and beauty will linger long after in your memory! Although La Folie presents several diverse prix fixe menus, exploiting different seasons and tastes, the staff will encourage you to freely choose from any of the menus to create your own three-to-five course dining extravaganza (even vegetarian!)–which you can joyfully complement from their excellent wine list. This is a very special restaurant of high quality and value.
Every dish is as beautiful as the last, punctuated by the various “surprises” which introduce and round off your evening experience.
We have dined several times at La Folie and have always come away singing its praises.
Photos at top from left to right: Tiramisu, an Italian Dessert and A Couple Dining Out at a San Francisco Restaurant