With a beautiful decor and a courtyard nicely tucked away from tourist happy hour madness, Affronti is a much desired wine bar addition to the cool Healdsburg downtown hub.
Was very impressed with the price points and some of the cool varietal of Southern European wines they had on top of of course the Sonoma selection. Flavorful deviled eggs can be ordered from just one piece for just $1! It's great to be able to try many things rather than getting full from one big heavy entree.
We had that devilishly delicious deviled egg, marinated shiitake and local greens salad, mushroom and bacon tartines, and Italian sausage and fish en papiote for entrees. All tasted fresh and very seasonal with a lot of bright Southern European flavor.
For dessert we had their chocolate terrine. The sweetness, savoriness and the bitterness were all well balanced. We got a pot of French pressed coffee and we were super impressed by the amazing aroma. They get their beans from Taylor Maid Farms who sells organic and fair traded coffee beans and teas. It's always great to see a local business supporting another local business, and even better when they are sustainable.
With fanciful murals depicting animated gingerbread people and skies with animal clouds, plus a 12 foot castle with a kids' only entrance, Little Star Caf in downtown Walnut Creek offers an ambiance fascinating to children and alluring to adults. From its healthy menu co-designed by a well known Bay Area chef and its brightly colored dining room to a full espresso bar, California wines and beers, Little Star Caf is the perfect spot for a comfortable family meal, a memorable child's party or a fun filled activity venue where kids can play while parents eat and relax.
Special Features include ??Little Star Town?, a glass enclosed safe play area where parents can see their kids while they relax and enjoy a meal ; 12 foot high ??Land of Cookies Castle?, the perfect birthday party room; edible craft and kids cooking classes; ??drop-n-shop? afternoon day care. Available for private and semi private parties at any time for groups of 12 or more. Free parking lot.
They are recommended on Michelin guide along Nopa and Burma Superstar, but I'm not sure if I can say that they are producing same kind of quality food.
Food/Beverage: 3.5 stars
Although they were all fairly good, nothing blew our mind. Thai noodles, Mee Goreng, Kalbi were all familiar, but made me think of 3 different restaurants where I could have them better and cheaper.
Plate presentation needs work. They really look like somebody just threw things on plates.
Bloody Mary they have there, with green onion and garlic and other spices in, was very good. I wasn't too excited about the beverage list presentation and the gimmicky drink list they had.
Service: 3 stars
Food came out quickly enough, but servers can be rude or just not proper and polite. Without a hello, they go right into "Do you know what you want to drink?" as soon as you sit down.
Atmosphere: 3.5 stars
The place is set up to look like old Shanghai, I guess. I think it's working for what it is. I'm not sure about the server uniform. That looks a bit cheesy. Great that they have an open kitchen, but if the cooks in the kitchen have to look at you up and down and keep staring your at butt as you are trying to go to the restroom, not a great restaurant experience.
I probably won't be back. If you experience them once, that might be enough.
While the concept is greatly appreciated, it's easy to see that the owner of this place clearly has never worked in a single restaurant.
Food: 2.5 stars
For the total bill of $65 including 2 kinds of tea service (Russian and English) we got 2 kinds of tea, good smoked trout, good scone and wilted and discolored fruits and vegetable. When you are paying that much, you at least want your food to be not old.
Atmosphere: 4 stars
Can't complain about the setting here: right in front of the water on top of the Moscone Center, serene, very Neo-Asian decor and beautiful bathroom. This is where the owner spent the most money and thinking and effort. However, the bench and chairs are bit too high for the tables and they are uncomfortable. Great ambient music.
Service: 3 stars
The servers here are not experienced. They are nice, but really that's about it. Again, if your total bill comes out to be that high, you want good service.
I probably won't be back.
This review is for their brunch. Accompanied by three beautiful women, I was able to find this hidden gem next to 99cent store on Sunset in Silver Lake. Seriously, forget that I worked in this area for 2 years, I never knew this beautiful place was always available for all of us for the brunch...
Atmosphere/Decor: 5 stars.
Beautiful and enchanting. From the natural green color schemes of the patio, bamboo and short palm trees filled "cliffs" where beautiful decks of outside patio seatings lay, big umbrellas you see in South East Asia, and comfortable bench seatings with full of fluffy pillows, the setting is amazing. I made a huge mistake of not checking out the restroom.... or inside of the building for that matter.
Food: 4 stars.
Simple, straight forward food that leaves you pretty satisfied, but doesn't impress. We had crepe filled with poached pears with mascaporne cheese ice cream, smoked salmon crepe, rainbow trout munier and one more thing my friend had I can't remember... The execution of food is not nearly as beautiful as the surroundings you are eating in. The menu, presentation and the language of the menu, presentation of the plate, fine tuning of the cooking are all recommended if this place is looking for to be recognized for food.
Service: 3 stars.
The least memorable part of the experience was the service. The server was not knowledgeable or engaging. She didn't tell runners who ordered what, as we saw every single thing first came to the wrong person. The service was over all slow, resulting us to having to wait for 2 drinks for 5 minutes after the other 2 arrived, 10 minutes for a pot of tea, and leaving one entree missing for 5 minutes when other three were all there on the table.
With the help of beautiful company and the surroundings, I really had one of the best "girls" time in a long while. This will be my favorite spot for brunch in my favorite east side Hollywood neighborhood and I will be back.
This review is for their Sunday brunch. I have to say this was the best brunch I had this year. $38 per person with 2 courses and dessert, the portion is generous and food is comforting. You get out full and satisfied guaranteed.
Yesterday, the menu was: smoked salmon with cucumber salad and yogurt raita sauce, suveed tri top, with delicious potatoes and roasted small onions. The dessert was lemon cream bar. I wish I can elaborate more on how it was prepared, because it was not as simple as I described. Food is very simple, but very meticulously prepared. You do identify the familiar flavors right away, then you are amazed how well that is executed.
The concept is very unique. As the restaurant is there to give you the "temporary relief from hunger", the menu resembles files from the doctors office and the staff are in brown casual shirts and jeans. The decor is simple and themed around the comfort food with big old French style kitchen tables at the front and in the dining room with iron pigs on top of them. The food is served family style, which gives you the visual of generous portion. Immediate relief from hunger can come from seeing the big plate of hot food in front of you alone.
Service is very knowledgeable and settle. I would say that at times we felt it was a little slow, but welcoming.
I would love to go try their dinner one of these days.
Clean, bright nice little cafe featuring very interesting and tasty desserts. Friendly staff, comfortable seatings, quick service and quality product.
Don??t think of other ??fro-yo? place when you think about Chill. It is VERY different, and not just a ??fro-yo? place but rather as their name states ??a specialty dessert cafe.?
Major plus for having rooibos!