Tapas are small, which is why you feel so big and powerful when eating them. Feed your forthcoming growth spurt with this Groupon.
$70 for a Five-Course Tasting Meal for Two with Wine Pairings ($140.51 Value)
Available Sunday through Thursday, the tasting menu takes couples on a five-course culinary tour complete with carefully chosen wine pairings. For starters, ahi tartar tacos with mango salsa and miso-glazed sea bass find a friend in a sparkling Spanish cava before giving way to a duo of wagyu steak tartar and a salt cod brandade with sourdough toast points. Spicy shrimp pil pil follows, joined by fresh corn with smoked pimento and lime quesa fresca, plus Trivento’s fruity 2011 reserve malbec. The fourth course puts knives to work with Coca Cola–braised spare ribs and pork cheeks served on a creamy polenta with a jus reduction. For dessert, fresh donut holes arrive alongside castillian hot chocolate, complemented by a sweet almond cake and glass of Dow’s blended tawny port.
Owner and head chef Calvin Schneiter lives his dream every day as he fuses traditional Spanish tapas with American accents at Andalu, his first-ever restaurant venture. Schneiter learned the trade from his mother, a gourmet chef and culinary teacher, and diners at his elegant eatery savor eclectic dishes from his mind, such as duck confit dumplings with sweet chili sauce, deep-fried macaroni and cheese, and butternut squash raviolis with sage brown butter. The restaurant has earned accolades from all over the country, and the San Francisco Chronicle’s Michael Bauer praised not only the caliber of the cuisine, but the staff's "relaxed attitude" that creates a comfortable and informal atmosphere during meals and impromptu interrogations.