Thanks to recent threads posted by Joanie and Owen Meany, we went to Masa for dinner last night. Had a great meal - there were four of us so I was able to try a little bit of everything. The gazpacho was very good, thick, with lots of bright flavors and a touch of fruity sweetness. The most popular was the lobster tail with goat cheese tamale. All the flavors blended very well - grilled, moist lobster tail with a light and fluffy, yet rich tamale, all bound together with a fresh sauce. As one of our group said "I'd come back just for this". I had the smoked duck 'chalupa' with lime crema for an appetizer (excellent) and the afore-mentioned lobster and tamale for my dinner, with a side of those Yukon Gold potatoes, mushrooms and herbs mentioned in an earlier post. Entrees were consistently good - Niman Ranch pork, a special of a spice-rubbed center cut filet with mashed potatoes and chili onion rings, and one of the most perfectly cooked salmon dishes I've ever had - it literally melted in your mouth. That too had a chili spice rub, seared quickly so it was still rare in the middle, and served with a polenta cake and cucumber salsa.
Desserts were very good - chocolate mousse tacos (the 'tacos' were more like folded thin, crisp, chocolatey cookies), banana ice cream, and mango sorbet which I didn't try. Masaritas were tasty - a blend of orange juice and lime added a nice touch to the usual Margarita.
Service was excellent. Our waiter was very accomodating, knowledgeable, and even comp'd our desserts because the steak was the slightest bit over-done. Food, service, and very nice atmosphere - I will definitely be back.
Went to Prezza Friday night. Fantastic as usual. Highlights - Chestnut raviolini with pulled duck, Butternut squash ravioli with brown butter, sage and lobster, and the apple crisp dessert with applesauce and maple-walnut ice cream.