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Mandaloun in Redwood City

Has anyone been to Mandaloun in Redwood City lately? Reports back in November (2006) for the brand new restaurant were generally favorable so I'm willing to try it out. But do people have specific recommendations given their various plates (small, medium, hearth, pasta, main) and regions (Italy, France, Greece, Turkey, Spain, N. Africa) represented on the menu?

http://www.mandaloun.biz/

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  1. i would really like to hear some more info on this place as well. anyone have any meals here?

    1. to answer my own question, the chronicle just published a favorable review of mandaloun today: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

      that evening we instead ended up going to tarboosh (located right around the corner from mandaloun), and were disappointed by the flaky service and mediocre food, which came across as more generically middle-eastern than lebanese.

      looking forward to giving mandaloun a shot.

      1. Personally I think Tarboosh has been mediocre with flaky service since it opened, yet people still flock there and ignore the true gem (IMHO) New Kappadokia. Although their service can be inconsistent the food makes up for it in spades.

        JB

        1. Had a superb dinner in this cavernous, dark, romantic new space. Showed up early, and an amuse landed on the table right on the heels of the menu (prosciutto wrapped around rosemary-stewed apple). Trio of small plates (mixed fry with smelt, potatoes, and calamari; chicken phyllo cigars (cannelloni-like filling); mushrooms broiled with scamorza) were all pleasing. Entrées of mushroom-guanciale risotto and rare steak on smoky braised chicory were executed perfectly, exploding with flavor. The knowledgeable service was invisibly attentive throughout. Would recommend to anyone looking for a fine meal in or around Redwood City.

          1. Just had dinner there last Friday night. The food and service were awesome. We ordered three appetizers and an entree and had a great two hour meal. My new fave on the peninsula. Also had an even better meal at Trevese in Los Gatos the night before. The place was inexpilacbly empty, so we had our own server all night. We ordered a couple of appetizers and shared a tasting menu; three hours of pure delight.

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            1. re: mtindell

              I'm happy to hear you had a good meal there - I personally have had very mediocre dinners there over the past few months and simply stopped going.

              What did you eat? Maybe it's time for me to give them another try...

              1. re: cbepicure

                Likewise: I'm part of a group of ladies who do a "girls night out" dinner once a month or so. The first time we tried Mandaloun it was terrific. Went back twice and each time we felt that it had slipped. The last time we went, a couple of months ago, they had stopped the "3 small plates for $18" - a feature of the menu we really liked. At the last 2 dinners I ordered a glass of bubbly and each time it was flat - a comment to the server yielded a fresh glass. Food isn't bad but seems pricey for Redwood City. One thing we all really liked: the churros and chocolate dessert... The group decided that we'd give it a rest for now...

                1. re: RWCFoodie

                  Thanks for reinforcing my impression that they have stopped caring and are sitting on their laurels as one of the only upscale restaurants in RWC. I was a weekly diner there, loved the food early on, and had a great rapport with the staff. But even that welcoming vibe wasn't enough. In my last two visits there, both times bringing guests who had never been before, we had to send back half of our meals because they were inedible. And no one seemed particularly apologetic or concerned. That was the biggest disappointment.

                  1. re: cbepicure

                    I think it's a case of too much success - the place seems to be very popular as it's been pretty full each time we've been there. You are right; there is a definite feeling of "we don't much care...." And it bums me out because as I stated in my previous post (see link below) I really want to love it... it's a cool feeling place and some of the items are tasty...