Some things are best in small doses, like bad news or the topical cream Sylvester Stallone uses to keep his skin looking wet. Get a perfect portion with this Groupon.
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- $75 for a 10-course tasting menu for two (a $150 value)
- $149 for a 10-course tasting menu for four (a $300 value)
This Groupon is available for lunch (noon–2 p.m.) or dinner (5 p.m.–10 p.m.) Tuesday–Saturday. The prix-fixe menu uses 10 distinctive courses as a form of culinary narrative that expresses chef Manny Torres Gimenez’s unique vision while routinely changing to accommodate newly seasonal ingredients.
Meals begin with three light and refreshing courses that embrace flavors from the Pacific Rim, such as a kumamoto oyster with pickled shallots and ginger-tinged aioli. Afterward, the menu shifts to the Mediterranean with a course of butternut-squash ravioli in pancetta-sage brown butter. Chef Gimenez also dedicates two entire courses to dishes that reimagine Italian cuisine by incorporating New World ingredients. Chitarra noodles made from sweet plantains appear prominently on one plate instead of pasta, and the Andean gnocchi features dumplings made from yucca. Latin American flavors carry throughout the rest of the meal, which ends with a cheese arepa accompanied by housemade guanabana ice cream.
Roxy's Cafe seats about 30, so advance reservations are required and especially important for larger groups.
As the foodie culture has exploded in popularity in recent years, it’s become quite fashionable to shell out big bucks to experience tasting menus from talented chefs. However, at the husband and wife restaurant Roxy’s Cafe, chef Manny Torres Gimenez lets people enjoy a 10-course meal for as low as $75, which is practically unheard of in the world of upscale cuisine. “My concept is to do fine dining for ordinary people,” he told Serious Eats.
The seasons and the farmers’ markets influence his tasting menu, which weaves Asian, Mediterranean, and Latin American flavors together. Its 10 courses, which start off light and refreshing before moving to slightly heavier fare, seem to tell a culinary narrative about the type of food Gimenez is passionate about cooking.
The San Francisco Chronicle actually described Gimenez as “one of the new breed of chefs who cook from the heart and aren't deterred by inadequate kitchens and inferior dining amenities.” So though the interior of Roxy’s might have rickety dining tables and what the Chronicle calls “garish” red paint, it’s not the decor that keeps people coming back. It’s an avocado that holds seasoned ahi sashimi within its green walls, pork belly braised for 48 hours, and cheese arepas with housemade guanabana ice cream. And it’s the chef who wants the ordinary diner to feel like they can afford to eat 10 courses without selling their prized collection of waygu-beef cows.
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