A foursome tried Stoa's new location on Emerson in Palo Alto with mixed results. They have added a few fish items to their previously all vege menu, but no meat. The restaurant is decorated nicely, though facing the other direction were some garish oils that I did not have to look at.
The pros - a nicely varied menu of appetizers, soup salads, and about 8 entrees. The scallop appetizer was tasty, but there were only two medium sized ones for $13. The French onion soup got mixed reviews as did the mushroom appetizer. My tuna entre over potatoes was quite tasty and nicely rare, the beet "pot au feu" also was good as was the cassoulet. Dessert was a warm chocolate cake - 3 on a scale of 5.
The wine flites were very well chosen and, except for the Pinot Bianco, tasty and crisp.
The cons - out of one appetizer, one entree, and terrible service. There was an hour between appetizers and entree, profuse apologies to no avail, and they charged us for the entree that was not available. All in all making the evening less enjoyable than it might have been in a well run restaurant.
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