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Station 1 - Woodside

mdg | | Apr 3, 2011 11:38 AM

We finally made it to Station 1 in Woodside for dinner last night. This is a great addition to Peninsula high-end dining, with a culinary and atmospheric personality totally different than other places of similar quality like Manresa, Chez TJ, and the Village Pub just a block away.

Station 1 offers a fixed price 3-course menu for $54. On our night there were 5 appetizer choices, 4 entree choices, and 3 dessert choices, though you could mix and match differently if you prefer. The wine list is one page but well selected, with everything available by the half-glass, glass, and bottle.

We started with a very tasty strawberry - pomelo - watercress - artichoke salad, and a nettle risotto which had just a vibrant green taste it was like eating a meadow (in a good way!). Both of these showcased a cooking style of combining flavors in complex ways, sometimes standing apart and interrelating as in the salad, at other times combining into a singular complex taste as in the risotto.

Our entrees were a waygu beef bavette served with an amazing black garlic / onion / mushroom accompaniment, and a suckling pig (loin, leg, pulled pork, and bacon-like "pork chip") served with excellent quinoa and fennel. Desserts were a lavendar custard and a banana toffee cake with pecan ice cream.

These three courses were complemented by a carrot soup / blood orange / cocoa nib amuse, a meyer-lemon vanilla soda before dessert, and chocolate maple cookie sandwiches after dessert.

The wine selections were the one place with a couple of missteps. The Falanghina I chose to go with the risotto was pretty mediocre, nowhere near as fragrant as others I've had, and served too cold. The Rhone my wife chose for her beef had a bad off-flavor / odor that the waiter confirmed was present across two bottles; the Priorat that substituted was fine. Our other choices - a Chinon and Pleaides - were very good. The waiter recommended a sparkling Brachetto d'Acqui Rosa with the custard and a sherry/Madeira-like Rivesaltes Ambre with the cake. Both matches were absolutely spot-on.

This place is much less formal than other Peninsula places of this caliber. It's a rustic but pretty room with lots of wood. It's a much more seasonal menu than I can recall anywhere else in the area beyond Manresa. I very much like the 3-course fixed price limited choce format.

Overall it was a wonderful experience, and highly recommended. We'll be back!


Station 1
2991 Woodside Rd, Woodside, CA 94062