I'm looking for a restaurant to take a friend to dinner. She's a vegetarian who would like to start eating fish/seafood. Looking for:
-Not too ethnic, she likes Mexican, Italian or Mediterranean. I think Asian is out because she will not eat anything that has a "face".
-I think simply prepared/grilled seafood dishes will be out too, because I think she will not "get" it, so grilled branzino or places like Tadich is out.
-I'm looking for something like Boulevard simply because I think if it has great sauces and the components are well executed, she might enjoy the dish more.
-Finally it needs to be in the South Bay. We work in MV, she lives in SJ, so anywhere in between is fine. She has a family with young children so she has time constraints. We won't be able to drive too far.
I haven't eaten out that much in the South Bay within the last few years so I'm not familiar with the scene anymore. I'm thinking of Nick's Next Door. Also thinking of Alexander's The Sea but that might be too seafood centric and have heard from friends that it's too spendy for what you get. The idea is for her to order a vegetarian dish and i will order a couple of fish dishes and let her try mine.
And to give you an idea as to how she thinks, one time we had pizza with oysters mushrooms, we jokingly told her that's it's really oysters, she almost barfed. But this is the same person who will cook fish for her husband, who loves seafood. Perhaps this is why she wants to branch out.
I can spend up to $250. This is a personal challenge but I'm at a loss. Any ideas?