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luxarles Nov 13, 2013 10:26 AM

I'll be meeting a European business colleague in Fremont next week and taking him to dinner. He travels frequently to London and India so my preference is to not go to an Indian restaurant, but I'm open to it if necessary. Minimal requirements are: good food, preferably not a dive or strip mall, preferably within a 10-mile radius of Fremont area. The bottom line is, he's taken me to some excellent places in Europe, and I'd like to do the same, but within that 10-mile radius. I've been combing the archives and starting to think this is mission impossible!

  1. hhc Nov 13, 2013 09:16 PM

    What about Massimo's, 5200 Mowry Ave Ste M, Fremont.
    http://www.massimos.com
    I remember it many yrs ago as pretty good.

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      luxarles Nov 14, 2013 11:20 AM

      Thanks for the info! Someone also mentioned a place called Spin a Yarn Steakhouse, have you been there?

      1. re: luxarles
        hhc Nov 14, 2013 08:12 PM

        I haven't been back to Spin A Yarn Steakhouse in yrs, but remember liking it. Either one is pretty good. Please report back wherever you end up.

        1. re: luxarles
          Melanie Wong Nov 14, 2013 08:44 PM

          Here's an old, old post on Spin A Yarn, but I bet it's the kind of place that hasn't changed much over the years.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/25710#103379

          I took a look at the wine list. No vintages or appellations listed, so who knows, and it could also be out of date. But if not, the prices are quite reasonable. E.g., Ch Montelena Napa Cab retails for $50, and it's $80 on the list. Jordan Cab retails for $53 and is $80 on the list. Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet retails for $75 and is $95 on the list.
          http://www.spinayarnsteakhouse.com/wine-list.html

          If I were entertaining someone from Europe I'd avoid Italian. An American choice, such as this steakhouse could be just the ticket. Even if the food isn't top notch, it will be a different kind of experience.

          Similarly, Salang Pass, an Afghan restaurant might be of interest. I hesitate to recommend it since it's been a few years since my last visit. But perhaps someone can update us on the place. No alcohol though.
          http://www.salangrestaurant.com/

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            jjw Nov 15, 2013 06:00 PM

            We had our son's wedding rehearsal dinner there in June, taking over the entire sit-on-the-floor room. The food was delicious and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I had heard that you could bring your own wine, and asked them ahead of time...and yes, that was just fine with them.

            1. re: jjw
              Melanie Wong Nov 16, 2013 10:16 PM

              What a fun rehearsal dinner! Thanks for updating us on Salang Pass. And for the OP, there are regular dining tables and chairs as well, if one doesn't want to lounge on the floor. And since you mentioned it, yes, I've brought wine there. The manager did ask us to keep it in a paper bag and tucked under the table to not offend Muslim patrons.

            2. re: Melanie Wong
              Robert Lauriston Nov 20, 2013 09:28 AM

              This episode of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares details some changes Spin A Yarn made two years ago:

              http://www.fox.com/kitchennightmares/...

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          luxarles Nov 20, 2013 09:20 AM

          Thanks for the recommendations! Melanie made a good point that an American steakhouse experience might be something interesting and different, so I decided to try Spin A Yarn.

          It's an attractive and comfortable space, traditional steakhouse decor with lots of wood and white tablecloths. The place wasn't super busy but not empty either, basically what you'd expect for a Monday night. Service was friendly and professional.

          We started with the soup of the day, cream of broccoli, then had the rib eye steak with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables, and a Grgich Hills Zinfandel. My colleague ordered the same-- not sure whether it was because he didn't know what to order or not, but he seemed to enjoy the meal.

          Everything was fine; the rib eye was cooked to order (medium rare), the vegetables were fresh and nicely seasoned, and portions were generous. Overall, it was a solid steakhouse experience and it totally fit the bill for what I needed. Although nothing blew me away, I wouldn't hesitate to go again for business, or for a special occasion non-ethnic restaurant in the Fremont area.

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