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Bria Silbert Aug 9, 2011 08:18 AM

Does anyone know how often Nopa changes their menu? The same menu has been up on their website for the last two months (and I'm fine with it!) but I just want to know if they change it weekly and just can't update the website that often, or they change it seasonally -- or what. I like to start planning what I will order when I go there on Friday in advance so that I can start salivating preemptively. Thanks!

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Nopa
560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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    whiner RE: Bria Silbert Aug 9, 2011 08:41 AM

    Often. They always have their standards, but prepared different ways. For example, the pork chop is always on the list, as is the flatbread, but each time you go, it is prepared differently.

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      vulber RE: Bria Silbert Aug 9, 2011 12:23 PM

      exactly; the menu is actually changed daily, but it's often what comes with the dish that changes.

      for entrees, you can pretty much always count on pork chop, burger, roast chicken, vegetable tagine, some type of fish, maybe lamb, maybe duck.

      appetizers also will always have marinated olives, fried fish, bacon flatbread, seasonal salad, etc

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        sugartoof RE: Bria Silbert Aug 9, 2011 12:36 PM

        The menu standards stay the same but it's very market driven, and the executive chef who is part owner still does the leg work, and buying.

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          Bria Silbert RE: sugartoof Aug 11, 2011 08:06 AM

          Thanks, whiner, vulber and sugartoof - that is exactly what I needed to know - sounds like the perfect place that I chose for my casual birthday dinner tomorrow. My husband likes cocktails and I know they are pros at that - is there any not-to-be-missed dish, a la the salad at Manresa?

          Thanks again!

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          Manresa Restaurant
          320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

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            whiner RE: Bria Silbert Aug 11, 2011 08:15 AM

            I think the two best dishes, generally, are their signature dishes that I mentioned before: the flatbread and the pork chop. Both change preparation all the time, so it is hard to say for sure. But those are the dishes they are rightfully known for.

            BTW: Call and ask to eat upstairs. Downstairs can be very noisy.

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              originalfig RE: whiner Aug 11, 2011 01:12 PM

              I agree totally about the flatbread and the pork chop.

              About seating - I personally think the best seats are the booths on the lower level. I always feel like I'm in Siberia upstairs. The booths provide a modicum of noise cushioning and are swank and comfortable.

              Beware the grilled broccoli - I've ordered it 3 times over the last few years and each time it has a hint of a weird chemical/gasoline-like flavor (almost like propane). It tastes like the flame used to roast it IMHO. Most everything else is solid.

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              vulber RE: Bria Silbert Aug 11, 2011 09:21 AM

              they also have a great burger and fries - probably not what you want for a birthday dinner; but it's completely from scratch - fries cut daily, bun baked daily, meat ground daily....

              i also love the vegetable tagine

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                sugartoof RE: vulber Aug 11, 2011 09:44 AM

                I second the burger, though that's probably not the direction they're going in if they're referencing Manresa.

                Nopa isn't a new technique, knock you over the head place. The style is more simple, comfort style with classic preparation while letting the ingredients shine.

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                Manresa Restaurant
                320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

                Nopa
                560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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                  vulber RE: sugartoof Aug 11, 2011 03:36 PM

                  besides cocktails, the most innovative part of nopa's menu is definitely the desserts - lots of interesting/unusual flavors, like the cardamom-pear upside down cake. they also do a burnt orange pot de creme in which they actually "burn" the oranges in the wood oven before steeping them in the cream which gives it an amazing flavor. of course, lik ethe rest of the menu, the desserts are still very seasonal-oriented, other than the sopapillas and cookies

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                    Bria Silbert RE: vulber Aug 11, 2011 07:53 PM

                    Burgers are my favorite food, while Manresa is certainly top notch, that's not the kind of food we're looking for. Thanks for the many responses - this is exactly what I needed to know and Nopa is exactly the kind of restaurant I want to be in!

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                    Manresa Restaurant
                    320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

                    Nopa
                    560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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            Tobias RE: Bria Silbert Aug 12, 2011 08:44 PM

            The menu does change a bit, but I do find myself wishing they would expand the limited offerings. They don't change quite enough for my liking, and they would be wise to add a dish or two in addition to switching things up more regularly.

            That said, I think NOPA is a gem of a restaurant. I disagree with the comments that it's comfort food, as some of their preparations are pretty complex and delicate. The cocktails are first rate, the service attentive, and the food impeccably fresh.

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              Bria Silbert RE: Tobias Aug 13, 2011 04:37 AM

              You summarized my experience exactly. It was wonderfully warm, friendly, accommodating. We sat upstairs, which I loved so i could spy on what everyone was eating. They didn't give me attitude for not ordering alcohol - my husband had one of their specialty drinks.

              The plates WERE a bit delicate. The amuse bouche of one green bean in bacon vinaigrette was cute but c'mon,..one green bean?

              The appetizers were a itttle on the sparse side content wise (delicious though - home cured tasso ham and grilled beaches, and smoked trout salad) and the entrees were substantial - veg. tagine and duck. I know, I know, we SHOULD have ordered the pork chop. I saw many a customer gnawing away at the bone and they all seemed to eat that puppy in record time! All in all we will definitely return. Great vibe, knowledgeable front of house, and delicious food.

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