The best chefs build cross-cultural bridges with their internationally inspired menus, only to be thwarted by the realization that laminated cardboard is not a suitable building material. Enjoy successfully assembled multicultural cuisine with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $35 worth of Mediterranean lunch fare at 71 Saint Peter.
A team of gastronomic gurus employs fresh Californian produce and meats to assemble the scintillating dishes that adorn 71 Saint Peter's menu of French and Italian cuisine. Give fair warning to hunger pangs with appetizers such as grilled figs ($9) or pledge allegiance to pasta's arch nemesis, the antipasto platter with its cornucopia of vegetables, cheese, prosciutto, and anchovies ($14). The grilled-chicken-and-prosciutto sandwich accompanies its eponymous ingredients with an entourage of creamy brie cheese and sweet garlic mayonnaise ($12.50). A septet of cheese convenes to form seven-cheese ravioli ($13.50), and pistachio-crusted tilapia swims through a pool of grilled pineapple relish and sweet thai chili vinaigrette ($19.25). A clay-tiled awning extends over 71 Saint Peter's outdoor patio, where diners bask in the sun as it mouthlessly looks on in envy.
71 Saint Peter
Established in 1993, 71 Saint Peter presents Italian- and French-inspired recipes in a straightforward style, and simultaneously showcases California's bounty of fresh produce, meats, and fish. Chef Luis Rodriguez heads a staff of well-informed servers, who wind through the restaurant's intimate spaces and outdoor patio dispensing seasonally inspired dishes. Diners may dive into lunch on weekdays or dinner on Mondays–Saturdays, which features entrees such as the grilled maple-glazed top sirloin and sautéed pork tenderloin.
Downtown San Jose
71 N San Pedro St.
San Jose, California 95110