Like a superhero, La Maison du Cafe knows what it means to live a double life. By day, it’s a casual cafe serving BLT croissants. By night, it’s a chic bistro, with custom-charbroiled filet mignon, rib eye, and salmon steaks, and rich pastas like fettucini with garlic cream sauce and bacon.
A neon-pink sign beckons diners into the Sweet Spot shop, where a counter stocked with colorful treats and toppings awaits. The staffers behind the counter adorn ice cream and frozen yogurt with fruit and candy as they keep an eye on the sweet and savory crepes that sizzle on grills. They also top off cups with boba tea and smoothies. Tabletops are scattered across the shop?s interior, where cheerful, checkered decor and an absence of wild boars squealing and knocking over chairs create a warm, comfortable atmosphere.
The quiet, intimate atmosphere at this restaurant helps it stand amongst the very best fine dining options in the Bay Area. To take a tour of the menu, order the Four Course Prix Fixe. With your choice of three dishes from the extensive menu in addition to a main course, get ready to experience a wild ride of flavor. Don’t miss the Slow Poached Lobster, which is full of the flavors of lemongrass, sweet basil and tamarind gel. The Pan Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Maitake Mushrooms, Potato Gratin and Bone Marrow is a tasty, succulent option among the Main Course menu. Don’t forget about dessert! The Soufflé Grand Marnier with Fresh Berries is out of this world!
This eatery focuses on French-Vietnamese fusion and serves everything from five-spice Vietnamese beef stew, to meat loaf in mushroom sauce, to herb-crusted salmon. It’s all affordable, too. The most expensive dish, an Australian rack of lamb, is only $32. (The cheapest, meanwhile, are kids’ plates like chicken nuggets and cheese ravioli.)
The aptly named La Forêt is a historic house that overlooks New Almaden’s tree-lined hillsides. This wedding venue serves upscale French cuisine and wines with up to four-digit price tags. The building has apparently come a long way, as it was once a boarding house for miners.