Restaurants & Bars

It's HERE in SJ & Larkspur ... soon in SF, WC, PA & Pleasanton

rworange | Oct 18, 200504:36 AM     3

Fondue seems to be back with a vengence. I stopped by for a drink at the newly opened The Melting Pot in Larkspur. There is one in San Jose.

Restaurants will be opening in Pleasantown, Palo Alto, Walnut Creek and San Francisco (across from the Sir Francis Drake Hotel).

I put a post on the general board inquiring about the food quality since this is a nation-wide franchise with more than 100 restuarants. If you've eaten at either of the open locations here ... or elsewhere ... and have an opinion, please follow the link below and post there.

I just had a drink to scope it out. I'm just going to mention decor / staff specific stuff for the Larkspur location.

It's in the Brick Kiln near the ferry. It is in the location that was once a tapas bar and it has that Spanish look to it. The lights are low, the rooms look like brick wine cellars and are cave-like. With the lights low it is very attractive and romantic looking.

The wine list was so impressive for a franchise that I asked if all Melting Pot restaurants had the same list. The bartender said yes, but the owner had some discresion because of the franchise.

The menu for the Larkspur location only says they have 250 wines. If you look at the menu for the San Jose location, it is not as extensive, but many of the same wines are at Larkspur.

BTW, the young bartender was knowledable about wine. The bar itself is quite comfy and there are about 20 wines by the glass. A downside is that by the glass they are pricy, going for up to $15 a glass. Now there are some nice wines, but not THAT nice.

The wine flights are ... gag .. gag ... as high as $32. Yikes. Even the least expensive flight was $25. Folks, this is LARKSPUR. Again, nice choices, but really.

The flights were paired with three course fondue meals. Gosh, I just involuntarily giggled out loud again at that concept. Fondue/wine flights. Don't know why I think that is humourous though.

However, by the bottle, the mark up wasn't as horrendous. A bottle of Korbel was $30. Not cheap exactly. They did have some top notch champagnes on the menu though.

Anyway, here's the addresses of the local joints if there is an address.

The picture below is of the entrance and bar area from the website. Not a great picture because of the low lighting.

125 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd. 94939
Phone: (415) 461-6358 [Fax]: (415) 461-6361

Palo Alto
Phone: [Fax]:

Phone: (813) 881-0055 [Fax]: (813) 889-9361

Sacramento (fyi, Cal Board people)
814 15th St. 95814
Phone: (916) 443-2347 [Fax]: (916) 443-5847

San Francisco
449 Powell Street Third Floor 94102
Phone: (415) 788-6358 [Fax]: (415) 788-6359

San Jose
72 South First Street 95117
Phone: (408) 293-6020 [Fax]: (408) 293-6093

Walnut Creek
Phone: (813) 881-0055 [Fax]: (813) 889-9361

Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

Image: http://www.meltingpot.com/Larkspurca/...

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