We made it to Cafe Star last night for the first time with the new chef. We live in the neighborhood, and used to go fairly regularly but hadn't been since June of last year. It was always a placed we really liked, but it was frankly not very good on our last visit so it fell a bit out of the rotation.
We weren't sure what to expect with the new chef and were happily surprised. While the menu has clearly been modified to reflect the new chef's influence, it still has that familiar American/Meditteranean feel. In addition to a few salads, there were also 4 or 5 hot appetizers. I had a tettrazini of rissotto (basically, risotto cakes with a red pepper coulis) and the husband had prosciutto wrapped prawns (or as we call them in our house, "shrimp"--for some reason calling anything other than giant shrimp "prawns" bugs me). We were both very, very happy with our appetizers.
There are also a number of pizettes and pastas on the menu all of which sounded good, but we went straight for the entrees. The entrees were just as succesful as the appetizers. I had a roasted salmon fillet which was served with saffron and chorizo rice and a tomato semifredo. Husband went for a pork loin, which I frankly didn't pay much attention to because my salmon was so good.
We were trying to make a movie, so skipped out on dessert. A number did sound delish, in particular the chili-chocolate pot de creme. Since I'm pregnant and sadly off the sauce, I didn't take a look at the wine list at all, and can't comment on how that is looking. The husband was happy with the martini and glass of wine that he ordered, however.