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Aug 31, 2009 02:55 AM

Silicon Valley Restaurant Week - Alexander's or Trevese (or something else)?

First, I apologize if this has already been covered.

Anyway, I just read about Silicon Valley Restaurant Week from October 14-21; two participating restaurants in particular that jumped out to me were Alexander's and Trevese (as well as Junnoon, although it's not quite as pricey as the other two and therefore not as good of a choice for Restaurant Week, seemingly).

I live in SF but am not really familiar with the South Bay restaurants. Alexander's seems like the best choice - I have heard nothing but good things about it. Trevese, not as much, although its Michelin star can't be totally ignored (although none of the Michelin-starred restaurants I've eaten at have totally blown me away, although I've still been happy at all except for Murray Circle).

If you had to pick one, which would you pick. Assuming Alexander's entree for the prix-fixe menu is a steak, it would seem like that'd be an absolute steal, considering steaks start at $33 and the prix-fixe is $35.

Any thoughts?

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    1. re: vulber

      Thanks for the list & Alexander's as well as other steakhouses certainly would appear to be a deal. I've read good things about Zitune (Los Altos) here & it appears the prix-fixe will definitely be a discount but don't know how much of one. Hard to gauge as I don't think I've seen reviews for South Bay restaurant week. Please do let us know.

      1. re: ceekskat

        this is the first year they're doing it.

        also, there's a Monterey bay restaurant week I just read about.

        In theory, looking at Ruth Chris reviews for SF DAT (generally quite positive) might be a good indicator, but could be way off.

        1. re: vulber

          If I were coming down from San Francisco for this and had to pick one, it would probably be Zitune - Cal/Moroccan with a different sensibility than Aziza.

          Sakoon's food is probably the biggest improvement over what you can get in San Francisco, but a $35 prix fixe would not be as much of a deal there. But it's definitely worth a drive down from San Francisco for Indian food lovers, restaurant week or no.


          Restaurant Zitune
          325 Main St, Los Altos, CA 94022

          357 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

          1. re: mdg

            also recommend Zitune.
            I've been to Junnoon and like that one - also like the location of Downtown PA.
            Reposado (also downtown PA) is a great room where the food doesn't quite live up to the space but i would go back and give them another shot.
            i haven't been to Sent Sovi but have heard very good things.

    2. There are a bunch of good places. Quattro's at the Four Seasons. Charlie Ayers' Calafia and Michael Mina's Arcadia.

      For a first year event, there's quite a range of places. It's nice to see Silicon Valley's restaurant community stand up and be counted.

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      1. re: FresserSV

        Yeah, it's hard to pick just one; as I only anticipate eating one meal, especially living in the city and with it being for dinner only.

        Aziza is my favorite restaurant in the city, which makes me think that I should go to Zitune. However, Zitune is affordable enough that I could eat there any time; Alexander's and Trevese are a little more out of my usual price range.

        Is Trevese even that good anyway? When a Michelin star is a restaurants only accolade, seemingly, it gets questionable.

        1. re: vulber

          I also doubt that Zitune will offer the foie gras pastilla which looks/sounds so good on their Restaurant Week menu.

          1. re: vulber

            Note that junoon offers a prix fixe all the time for $30. See their website for current offerings, although sometimes it is an early bird special

      2. So, has anyone been to any SVRW restaurants this week ? Alexander's menu consists of lower tier items (flank steak, lamb sausage) not found on their regular menu.

        Maceio looks interesting at $35 ($10 off their regular $45).

        1. From my experience in other cities, Restaurant Week can be very hit or miss. Some of the higher end restaurants do seem to "simplify" the menu to fit the $35 prix fixe and you're almost better off ordering from their regular menu but of course you will have to pay a lot more money. Sometimes the best bet is to hit a mid-level restaurant where their food is slightly above the $35 mark.