The Plumed Horse in Saratoga?
Help - my boyfriend want's to spend our first anniversary at this place - I must know how this place is... It looks very bright and cheesy from the website.. not to mention overpriced.
PS - my favorite eats here in SF are Boulevard, The Fifth Floor, Sociale... to give you an idea of what I expect...
Any other suggestions in the South Bay greatly appreciated!!
The Plumed Horse will be changing ownership according to a recent article in the chronicle. The restaurant will close on Feb 17th for a complete overhall and reopen in May.
"Peter Armellino, chef de cuisine at Aqua (252 California St.), is leaving the critically acclaimed San Francisco restaurant and partnering with the new owners of the Plumed Horse (14555 Big Basin Way), a Saratoga institution since 1952. The 38-year-old says he starts as executive chef at his new restaurant in mid-May."
PH has a great wine list, but the atmosphere and food are kinda stodgy. I wish we had a Fifth Floor/Blvd-type restaurant here. Manresa and Tanglewood are the closest matches, but I'm not crazy about their food. Le Papillon has pretty food and atmosphere, but it's not cutting edge (but neither is PH). Would love to hear your report on MM. Next time, suggest Cyrus.
I've only had appetizers at PH, but I can assure you that is not to be mentioned in the same breath with the places you mentioned.
That said, we sat in the lounge which had a very warm old school appeal and had a nice time - minus food.
They do have very deep wine list too.
I also understand that it is to be closing soon for a thorough remodel, so perhaps you can be spared without having to dash your well meaning BF.
Disclaimer: my mom sells wine to the PH.
About the deep wine list--despite changes in the sommelier over the years and the impending ownership change, they still buy the wine and my mom still has her original cellar bin number there after almost a decade. Many restaurants will chase the fads and the top 100 wines from spectator and parker each year, thus fracturing their wine list and focusing on new wines, but the PH seems to have a loyal base of patrons who continue to go back and appreciate the deep wine list.
If you enjoy great places like Sociale and Boulevard, make him take you there. Notions of Plumed Horse (and La Fondue across the way) as romantic destinations are just that. Those places remind me of "The Box Tree" descriptions in Garlic and Sapphires. That menu of PH's is for the 50th anniversary set, not yours.
Your boyfriend? first anniversary? YOU should be the one holding all the cards and dictate where to go:-0 unless dating rules have changed lately... but then I've been married a while...
Does it have to be in the SouthBay? on Big Basin in Saratoga particularly??? How about Manresa in Los Gatos, or Gervais across from the Plumed Horse?