Like attaching a fake mustache to a Halloween mask or cleverly changing your name from Obi-Wan Kenobi to Ben Kenobi, adding a new ingredient to something familiar can render it delightfully unrecognizable. Enjoy inventive eats with today's Groupon: for $55, you get a five-course Mother's Day prix fixe meal at Fandorin Restaurant in Burlingame (a $110 value).
On Mother’s Day, Fandorin dazzles taste buds with a five-course feast of fresh caviar, lobster soup, foie gras, and a bottle of champagne for each table. Palates warm up with lobster bisque and a savory shrimp puff before munching mixed greens sprinkled with fried brie and poached pears. Sturgeon caviar, smoked salmon, and Chilean sea bass arrive atop silver-dollar pancakes. Next up is a regal foie gras in pinot-noir raiment and a brioche roll crowned with juicy grilled peach. Crab cakes tango with a vivacious avocado aioli as filet-mignon stroganoff whispers sweet nothings to his porcini-polenta darling. The main course presents a plot twist, making guests choose between rack of lamb with rosemary-cabernet reduction or king salmon with dungenes crab crust, beurre blanc, and lobster mashed potatoes. Before the taste journey concludes, guests must sample tiramisu, napoleon cake, and sweet berry sabayon or else walk a plank made of bad report cards and embarrassing baby photos.
Wooden paneling, fresh-cut flowers, and warm candlelight create an atmosphere of elegance, and a 100-foot-long glass wall provides views of the Bay and the occasional Batman sighting. Diners may want to wear their snazziest duds to Fandorin, as sneakers, jeans, and hot-pink fanny packs clash with the décor.
1492 Bayshore Hwy.
Burlingame, California 94010