I am planning to celebrate our 25th anniversary with the family (wife and I, plus 2 college-aged daughters). For this special occasion, we are looking for somewhere quiet, relaxed, and of course with great food. We are currently debating between the Dining Room and La Folie.
Like many on this board, I think the strength of Bay Area dining is the mid-range places. Among the board favorites, we like Piperade, La Ciccia, Bar Crudo, Koi Palace, Sakae, and Ubuntu. However Aziza, Incanto, Zuni, Slanted Door and Boulevard just did not work for us. My wife and I have only been to a couple of fine dinging places in the Bay Area, and we have never been to either the Dining Room or La Folie. I have a hard time to decide between the two.
• Our daughter’s colleges have different winter break dates. The only overlapping period when both are with us will be between Dec. 20 and Jan 2. Is it a good time to go? Is either chef likely to be in the kitchen during the holiday?
• I understand the Dining Room does a parallel tasting menu. This seems to be a great format for 4 of us (and a great introduction to fine dining for the girls). However we could not find it on their web site. Are they continuing this practice?
* La Folie is known for large portions. If each of us orders 4 courses, there will be 16 between us. It's actually a customized tasting menu. Are the dishes conducive to sharing?
Thanks in advance, I know the toppic hascome up numerous times.
Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111
1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Koi Palace Restaurant
365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015
291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131
2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109
1015 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111
655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117