OK guys, after searching through the site, and still not content, I decided to post. You haven't let me down in the past, so I know I will learn much. It is our third anniversary this next Wednesday. We want to go someplace nice, but have yet to decide where. Our fallback restaurant at this point is Miramar Beach restaurant (They have a nice fireplace table that is fun) because we were engaged in Half Moon Bay, but it would be nice to try something different. Here is our facts to help you help us.
+ Due to our current budget woes, anything more than the $30s / plate range is just adding a lot of expectations. I am afraid it would raise the possibility of disappointment too high.
+ It is a Wednesday night, and we have a 10 month old baby, so we cant be out too late.
+ My Wife is Chinese, so Chinese, Japanese (Asian in general) is a plus.
+ We live in Dublin. We are willing to travel (obviously because our fallback restaurant is in Half Moon Bay), but I do want to give you a point of reference.
+ Romantic is important (after all, it is our anniversary), but so is fun. Pretence is not needed. It would be nice to sit at a table with a little elbow room, and a chance to hold hands from across the table.
+ We don't drink, so a good wine menu is wasted on us.
As I said, I have been searching posts for a while, and have come to the following conclusions:
+Aqua: Too much pretence at a high cost.
+Café Jacqueline: It looks like a great place, but I am not sure that my wife has ever had a soufflé, and it may be too risky (it may be too rich for her).
+Chez Panisse: Considered this one heavily. I am afraid for the cost (economy is tight for everyone now, especially some young starters like us), it would have to be perfect to fit the bill. It also sounded crowded for an intimate dinner.
+The Waterfront: sounded promising, but I could not find enough information on it.
+Kyoya: couldnt find much on it, but is sounded interesting.
Thanks everyone in advance for your help.