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Need something cool/fresh to impress Jaded Foodie

Have a birthday dinner coming up for someone who dines out often and likes every type of food. So preferably combining good food with fun ambiance. A place with cool, fresh, sexy vibe preferred but can be "chill" vs. noisy.

We really enjoy small plates or places without overwrought dishes i.e. the birthday boy was most recently impressed by a perfectly crisp roasted lamb shoulder with a warm honey mint wine sauce on a bed of pureed/roasted cauliflower.

Can be in SF, East Bay, San Jose or Palo Alto.

Although we love it, I would prefer non-asian as we have that often (korean, filipino, chinese, japanese, thai and vietnamese!)

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  1. Why is this foodie jaded?

    Isa comes to mind...

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    1. re: vulber

      I like Isa. They have that nice crisp chicken and I like the ambiance there.

    2. How about Spork?

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      Spork
      1058 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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      1. re: mariacarmen

        Have not tried Spork will take a look.

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        Spork
        1058 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

        1. re: ML8000

          Price range can be anything from casual to $100 per person type place. He does not drink wine or cocktails or one at most so generally most of the budget is on food. If some fanastic place comes up with $$$$ I sitll might consider.

          As for what is new/fresh, I guess I am thinking more of the vibe than the food. He is impressed by "cool" places so something with a little bit of a wow factor (sometimes this is just cool cutlery with him....).

          Some places he liked include Bottega in Napa, Rumi and Vue Du Monde in Melbourne (Lebanese and Avant-Garde) Perabacco, Kokkari, and Fresca. Normal haunts are usually ethnic food - Indian, Thai, Korean, Sushi

          And probably jaded from eating out too often....

          Maybe I should cook or try out something odd like the Supper Club. Ha Ha.....

          I know its hard to define because sometimes the food creates the wow factor, sometimes the drama (open kitchen/flaming platters) and sometimes something kitschy (like the caribbean place that had a jet as its waiting room).

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          Fresca Restaurant
          2114 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

          Bottega
          6525 Washington Street Suite A9, Yountville, CA 94599

        2. New/fresh will be new/fresh to them. Perhaps you can list a number of the target's normal restaurants.

          1. Prospect, the modern cousin to Boulevard, is new and good for a special occasion. Or Gitane, for the hidden, sexy venue.

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            Gitane Restaurant & Bar
            6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108