Posted by Lauren
Early Saturday morning I was supposed to go with my mom and David to Los Angeles. We were supposed to go to Nicole’s final dance performance. BUT, our flight was randomly and annoyingly cancelled. Weather wasn’t really an issue, and Virgin America didn’t give a reason for the cancellation. No fun.
We turned our frowns upside down with an ahmayyyyzing dinner at THE SEA by Alexander’s Steakhouse in Palo Alto to celebrate my mom’s birthday.
Kyle filled Nicole’s shoes (he has small feet ;) and joined us at the “bay area’s premier seafood dining destination. The restaurant distinguishes itself by focusing on rich sumptuous morsels from the sea, prepared with modern technique and flair. Chef Yu Min Lin blends contemporary cuisine with Japanese sensibility and ingredients to transform The Sea’s menu into the extraordinary.”
This was my first ultra chic tasting menu experience and I am HOOKED. Now I just need to win the lotto.
THE SEA by Alexander’s Steakhouse
Unlimited bread – I stuck with the perfect furikake / sesame seed-topped croissants. Rumor has it they import the dough from France. I believe it. The waiter promised us a bag of these to-go since it was my mom’s birthday and all. Either he forgot or he was kidding, either way I’m sad and croissant-less.
Smoked Salmon Gruyere Amuse-Bouche – compliments of the chef :)
Live Scallop (Wild Maine) with black truffle, celery, olive oil
To be honest, I thought to myself, nothing could get better than this. Fresh, yet earthy. I was wrong, it did get better…
Hamachi Tataki (Kumamoto Japan) with citrus soy, fresh wasabi creme fraiche, arare
The bite size rice gave an unexpected crunch + the wasabi was heavenly with the silky hamachi
I avoided pictures of the champagne, savennieres, vouvray sec, etc (do I even know what I’m typing? no!) but I had to snap a quick picture of this German wine. It was in a circular green bottle — never seen anything like it! (We opted for the food + wine pairing)
Seppia (Wild Spain) with cauliflower, truffle, uni, tomato, chives
Another mermaid mac n cheese moment, this was simply divine.
Black Cod (Wild Monterey) with bell pepper miso, lobster, trumpet mushroom, bonito
The star of the show… I really just did NOT want this dish to end. Each bit was indulgent and well balanced. MISO LOVE YOU.
Speaking of love… check out these two love birds cheers-ing to my beautiful mama’s birthday.
Back to the food!
Halibut…. info not on website.
In my opinion, this was dish left the most to be desired (they say that on Chopped, right?). The halibut was well done, so I relied heavily on the sauces for pizzazz.
Tajima F1 Beef with corn, shiitake mushroom, spinach, carrot
WOWWWW this was just right. As the final dish before dessert, the tender Tajima totally won me over. Not sure about those powder thingys though.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! Thanks for inviting us along to such a special dinner!
Wait… there’s more food :)
Pecorino cheese with passion fruit, quince, almond, crostini
My only complaint… want more cheese!
Chocolate PB with peanut butter, blackberry, honey ice cream
It’s like they knew I was coming! For someone who is obsessed with all things peanut butter, this was a playful, scrumptious way to end the night.
But wait, there’s more!
Each table gets an 18-inch spool of lime cotton candy, strawberry bon bons, and pineapple cracker/cake.
How fun is that!?
We all had an amazing time and spent over 4 hours dining at our table. This was a once in a lifetime experience (that I hope to repeat at other restaurants on special occasions :) and I will never forget it. My mom is the best mom in the whole world!