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Azure - new - San Carlos


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Azure - new - San Carlos

orezscu | | Jan 6, 2007 03:06 AM

It's probably time this place got its own thread.

After reading early good reviews, we went tonight for dinner. Turns out it's the same people who run highly-regarded La Lanterna in San Mateo.

High ceilings, white tablecloth, spaciously placed tables and banquettes. Full bar. In terms of atmosphere, Azure could very well be the nicest restaurant in San Carlos. Attentive, knowledgeable staff, happy to help guide, and, in my limited experience, trustworthy. Hot, crispy baguette arrived quickly.

Appetizer 1: potato-wrapped day boat scallop on asparagus with salad and red coulis. Potato took on a noodle-like texture - surrounding a delicious and perfectly cooked scallop almost like a won ton. Appetizer 2: Tuna tartare in three large crispy cones with pear, apple, mint, on a more or less asian-themed bed of dressed greens. The waitress had recommended the scallops over the tartare, and she was right. It needed more moisture, more dressing. Still quite a nice dish, however. Excellent tuna.

Entree 1: mushroom risotto with shaved asparagus, black truffle oil, and mushroom broth. A tender, deeply satisfying, vegetable-rich risotto with a ring of savory broth. Entree 2: house-smoked New York steak with green peppercorn sauce and red wine/dried cherry butter, cooked perfectly rare to order. Outstanding meat quality, and the smokiness was a wonderful touch I really haven't seen on many cuts of steak. The sweet butter paired well with the peppercorn sauce. The ~12oz steak came with just-out-of-the-oil golden fries, singing with heat, and simple haricots verts.

The wine list seemed young and simple but perfectly adequate for those who enjoy wine and can drink it without getting in a huff.

Pricing was quite good for the quality and service: ~$10 for apps and $18/$24 for entrees. By the time we left at 6:45 the dining room was filling quickly (but remained pleasantly quiet). I was happy to see it. They're doing a great job.

On the whole, probably the best higher-end meal to be had in San Carlos. Give them your support!