With the first report on Café Tradition, a new French-Moroccan restaurant in San Mateo, pilinut has good things to say about a few dishes, and hopes the restaurant "will grow, improve and evolve into an asset to the Peninsula dining scene."
First up on the list of recommended dishes: an appetizer of escargot baked in puff pastry with a garlic-herb cream sauce. The moist lamb in a tajine meets with approval, but the sauce was a bit too sweet.
Dessert hit a home run: pilinut said she'd return if only for the exceptional crème brûlée scented with orange blossom water, vacherin (think Napoleon made with meringue) served with homemade berry ice cream, and frozen nougat with honey and dried fruits.
Café Tradition [Peninsula]
123 W. 25th Avenue, San Mateo