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Where's the Beef (Wellington)?

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I'm having a serious hankering for Beef Wellington, but unable to find any restaurants that serve this in the Bay Area! Please help :)

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  1. coles in napa, main street, has it for their august special, my friend that had it last night said it was spectacular. rich

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    1. re: rich

      Yep ... WARNING ... 2004 post ... however, as I come across places with Beef Wellington, this seems as good as any place to keep that info.

      The Duke of Edinburg in Cupertino has Beef Wellington

      They also have prime rib with Yorkshire pudding ... but I digress.

    2. Also, there's the Pelican Inn in Marin County, near Muir Beach. Haven't been there in a few years, but when we did go, it was a very memorable meal. (Hubby, who doesn't drink, even had to have a quarter of a pint of Guinness!)

      Link: http://www.pelicaninn.com/

      1. Le Pot Au Feu on El Camino in Menlo Park had last time I was there a few months ago.

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        1. re: Vivian

          I had the Beef Wellington there a couple of weeks ago and found it just average. The sauce was too sweet, the puff pastry somewhat sodden in places.

          I prefer the one I had at Pigalle in Los Gatos. Beautiful puff pastry that was sufficiently cooked to be light and flakey. A good, balanced sauce as well.

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          Robert Lauriston

          You might call Cafe Rouge and ask if they could make one for you. The chef is fond of old-fashioned dishes like that and occasionally puts them on the menu.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            O.K. I can't resist. This thread brings me right back to my early 20's (in the early 70's) when all things cool had complicated, time consuming preparations with heavy sauces and no one uttered the word rich or cholesterol. I was working my way through Julia's cookbooks and had little money. Wellington was a gold standard and I had not tasted it.

            I asked my friends to take me out for Wellington for my birthday. Through much research, which was probably a phone book crawl, we ended up at a "continental" place in San Mateo/Burlingame (which is now a Kuleto's right off the Broadway exit of 101). Does anyone remember the name of it? I think it had Turtle in the title.

            Anyway, we were served little warm soft loaves of bread on a cutting board (very chic), salty minestrone soup and gloppy cesar salad, which were all quite awful and by the time we got to the Wellington, we were too full to really enjoy it. It turned out to be a decent rendition, crusty pastry with a creamy slather of liver over a pink and oozing juicy slab o'beef.

            Thanks for your indulgence!

            1. re: deelish

              If this was part of the now defunct chain Velvet Turtle their individual Beef Wellington was the reason my wife made me take her here on a regular basis.

              We went to the one here in LA that was on Sawtell Blvd. in West Los Angeles.

              1. re: deelish
                Zach Georgopoulos

                Good heavens -- the Velvet Turtle! I was trying to remember where I had eaten Beef Wellington in the distant past, and that was the place.

                1. re: deelish

                  You forgot to mention the other special feature of dining at the Velvet Turtle: the chilled fork presented with great ceremony with the salad course.

                2. re: Robert Lauriston

                  I just got back from a trip to San Francisco --was a trip down memory lane .... lived near there in the 70s. We tried to find the Velvet Turtle :( Gone now -- we had success in finding our old "disco" Bimbo's (surprised us) ... but Dance Your Ass Off disco club is a mystery -- do you remmber that disco from the Chestnut and Columbus are -- near Bimbo's. May be a comedfy club now? Anyway--out on Sausalito, we tried to find Zak's restaurant. Now it is Paradise Bay -- fabulous lunch with a view -- sandwiches to die for :)

                  1. re: sherylga

                    I guess I miss Hippo Burger the most.

                    What did you have to eat at Paradise Bay/

                    1. re: sherylga

                      >Paradise Bay -- fabulous lunch with a view -- sandwiches to die for :)

                      I'd also appreciate an elaboration about Paradise Bay. I well remember Zacks and a few later incarnations, but I've really forgotten about that location with it's later inhabitants.

                  2. Assuming it's still there, Duke of Edinburg (I know I misspelled that), accross the street from HP, on Wolfe Rd (a bit north of Valco), has it, and other english fare, like steak-and-kidney pie.

                    There's two locations of Britania Arms in the south bay, but I don't remember if they actually have beef wellington...

                    1. the grand old sheraton palace hotel served up a couple hundred at my brother's wedding years ago. best wedding food i've ever had.

                      1. Britannia Arms does not have Beef Wellington on their menu. I did try Duke of Edinburgh on Wolfe Road and found their Wellington to be one of the worst I've had (the pastry on the bottom was uncooked and I got the feeling that the dish was microwaved).

                        For a special occasion, I called Emile's in San Jose and asked if they would prepare a Beef Wellington Dinner for my wife and me. It turned out to be a marvelous 7 course meal, the Wellington was outstanding, and the price was commensurate with the meal and excellent service.

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                        1. dang .... i just discovered this dish and there's no places to get it. Can anyone recommend a place?

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                          1. re: octomeow

                            Aaarrgh... I just saw it on some menu and can't remember where. What struck me that it was an upscale place and kind of amused me.

                            If you like the beef, maybe you would be interested in other versions?

                            Here's some other Beef Wellington possible links .. maybe you can dredge up something there.

                            If I can remember where I saw that, will post. It seemed like it was someplace new-ish.

                            1. re: rworange

                              Well, this is just annoying me because I can't think of where I JUST saw it.

                              This isn't the place, but Pelican Inn at Muir Beach has it on their menu

                              This joint has a take-out Beef Wellington

                              1. re: octomeow

                                Well a neighbor had dinner at Montclair Bistro in Montclair and raved about the Beef Wellington. Now I've only been the the place once and the food was a little too meat oriented for me but it's good comfort food for this rainy weather. I just checked the menu and I didn't see it but it would be worth inquiring. My friend was just there on Tuesday.

                                Montclair Bistro
                                6118 Medau Place, Oakland, CA 94611

                                1. re: octomeow

                                  Don't know if it will help, but John's Grill has Oysters Wellington.

                                  1. re: octomeow

                                    I had a delicious Wellington at Liverpool Lil's a couple of years ago. They call it the Manchester Wellington:

                                    Manchester Wellington
                                    Ground Chuck Topped with Black Forrest Ham
                                    Baked in Puff Pastry & Finished with BĂ©arnaise Sauce

                                    1. re: octomeow

                                      Did you ever have your beef wellington? If you are still reading this, LIghthouse Diner serves it on Friday and Saturday. Don't know how good it is.

                                      Lighthouse Diner
                                      1016 Court St, San Rafael, CA

                                      1. re: rworange

                                        RW, do you think Gullivers in Millbrae might offer it?

                                        1. re: samse

                                          It's not on their on-line menu

                                          I was thinking of maybe putting it on my 'to try' list because of the lunch special ... Prime Rib Beef Hash with poached egg ...then I read the yelp reviews.

                                          Seems like Filipino owners took over and opened two more Gullivers in the Philippines. They don't visit the Millbrae restuarant often and the quality seems to have gone downhill, even the creamed corn which it seems was their thing.

                                          It might not be my thing anyway. The servers are dressed like pirates and wenches. I'm not into theme stuff like that.

                                          1. re: rworange

                                            Thank you - shows how long it's been since I was last there. Pirates and wenches? Thought I would have remembered that . . .

                                    2. http://www.luellasf.com/

                                      I had beef wellington at Luella on Hyde a few weeks ago and it was very good.
                                      Nice wine list too.

                                      1. As rich posted back in 2004, Cole's Chophouse in Napa offers a version of Beef Wellington. Rather than wrapping a filet topped with pate, etc. in a puff pastry shell, Cole's simply places a small square of pastry atop the pate - no soggy pastry here, but no cigar either.

                                        1. thanks all. still working on that beef wellington. I will check out
                                          duke of edinburg, pelican inn, and liv lil

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                                          1. re: octomeow

                                            I saw some in the freezer section at Costco - picture looked good but I didn't buy it so don;t know how it tastes - $20 for 4 servings.

                                          2. Flemings Prime Steakhouse does a real nice version of Beef Wellington called "Beef Flemignton" Individual size with a filet mignon and mushroom duxelle (no Pate' inside which suits me fine) inside a puff pastry shell with Marsala reduction sauce. I believe they have locations in Walnut Creek and Palo Alto