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!)