My wife is from the Bay Area but has lived in London with me (I'm Irish) for the past ten years or so. She's recently had to move back to the Bay Area for an extended period of time to look after a family member, and I'm visiting in a few weeks.
I'd like a really special venue to take her out to in the SF to Palo Alto area - though we visit several times a year we usually don't venture much outside her family haunt (Santa Cruz). We've been to Greens, which though nice, wasn't what I was looking for (would prefer somewhere less 'homely' and more gastronomically interesting).
Difficult to describe the menu she likes if you've not been to the UK but her favourite is the vegetarian tasting menu of :
She found the attention paid to each ingredient as the main focus of the dish was fantastic.
For pure vegetarian restaurants she likes:
She also had a great time at the Fat Duck, though don't except this for our meal:
Fat Duck (vegetarian menu not on their website, but review here): http://gaztronomy.blogspot.com/2008/0...
Essentially I'd like somewhere elegant, modern, romantic, and with really nice vegetarian options/tasting menu (though by no means needs to be a vegetarian restaurant).
Any suggestions most welcome.