Ate dinner here tonight. We ordered:
Rib Eye Salpicao ($12.95): Satayed beef cubes in a little bit of sauce. This dish was ok. Meat was a bit tasteless and dry.
Pork Sisig ($9.95): Very delicious dish considering that you're basically eating fried lard.Its like fried pork skin...probably as far from healthy as you can get...but did I mention, delicious?
Bagoong Rice ($9.95): Its an interesting dish because mangos, eggs, beef, and tomato with rice??? INTERESTING. Taste is unique. Worth a try and the portion is darn big!
SERVICE: They were very busy, but still gave good service. Although, they neglected the water refills. With this kind of food, some type of liquid is necessary..
PLACE: Clean, spacious, well lit and decorated. Kitchen is open so you can kind of see what's going on.
Wouldn't make it a regular place to visit, but would come here again.
I went to Cafe Grillades with some coworkers while we were at a conference. The menu included breakfast all day (always a plus) with several types of omelets as well as pancakes, french toast, paninis, dinner platters, burgers, salads, soups, couscous platters, savory crepes and sweet crepes. For some reason that I cannot understand, I ordered a panini, even after seeing other patrons oohing and ahhing over their dishes (the couscous platters looked amazing, and so did the crepes). My panini was okay. Nothing special. The filling was fine, but there wasn't much of it...For that trip, I'd say a solid 3.
Now for trip #2, I had a completely different experience. A friend of mine oohed and ahhed about this "cute little gem in San Bruno. We HAVE to go. Like NOW." She promised to treat me to lunch, and since my checking account has steadily been around $12 for the past few weeks, and the idea of free food is ALWAYS enticing to me, I took her up on it. We met up in the parking lot and as she walked toward Cafe Grillades, I didn't have the heart to tell her I had been there and didn't love it. Luckily, I kept my mouth shut, because this time, I ordered the YUMMIEST crepe (banana crepe brule) and I nearly cried when the waitress took my empty plate away, because I hadn't been able to fully lick the plate clear before she did.
So if anyone out there would like to treat me to a crepe, I won't turn it down. And if you are lucky, I'll lick the plate.
This place is pretty good for a lunch break but its also good for crepes. I mean in san bruno there isn't really a crepe place around that does it like these people. The dinner and dessert crepes are good and probably the best thing that has come out of that shop ever since it opened. Love it.
Pretty good. I had the bento box lunch, and the salmon nigiri. The bento box had generous portions and the salmon was fresh. I will definitely be back here when I'm at San Bruno to get my sushi fix
Been going here for years know the owner personally she is so great and so nice, the food is good and it can get pretty crowded friday and saturday nights so you might want to get there early depending on the time. But usually will be full by dinner time. Excellent sushi just really relaxed and nice environment
I lived up the street from Takara, so my wife and I have walked here a few times. I don't know why we even bother going hetre because this place is not very good. It's not bad, but you'd expect more with the kind of prices they're charging.
Also, Takara had a sign up saying that they're open late on Fridays and Saturday. So, some friends of ours from San Diego came up to visit and they got into town late (around 8:45 pm). At around 9pm, we walked to Takara and got there in less than 5 minutes. When we got there, they were closed. So much for staying open late...
If anyone reading this is from the San Jose area, don't bother coming down to Capitola for sushi and don't go to Takara. Stay in San Jose and go to Japan-Town
Overall, food here is pretty good. I don't consider it high end, but it's always reliable, sometimes more. On recent visits, I've had the penne bolognese (okay) and on another visit, the vitello saltimboca which didn't excite me, but wasn't bad. Certain pieces did have a slightly rubbery texture though. The salmone fume appetizer was good, but I thought the portions could have been a lot better.
The service here is okay, nothing remarkable, but not bad. The last waiter I had here did what was required...nothing more, nothing less.
Despite the white tablecloth, the lighting here is way too bright and the dining area way too open and loud for me to consider it romantic, even at night. Dimming the lights a touch would save energy and do wonders for the ambience.
When dining here in the daytime on a nice day, be sure to ask to be seated in the small outside dining area.
For comparable dining in the area, yet w/ a different cuisine, I actually used to prefer Pearl Alley Bistro to Cafe Mare, but heard that PAB's chef and owner recently changed, so I won't be sure until I go there again.
Like a love-struck nerd, it's good to know that Cafe Mare is always there, waiting for you and reliable. Call me a hopeless romantic, but sadly, some of us long for something just a little more.
for homey Italian-American food that just fills your belly and tastes great, look up Lillian's, it's worth the wait for a table. Just go over to the Crepe place and have a drink. Bring your cell phone and Lillian's owner will call you when a table is ready (yes, really). I just love the polenta with spicy red sauce and shrimp....heavenly. My husband also tried the gorgonzola cream sauce with mushrooms and angus NY steak served medium rare on top. Amazing. Every time we go there, it just hits the spot (and it's not pricey at all so even a mid week date is a good excuse). Enjoy!
These sandwiches never fail to disappoint. Its no wonder this place has stood the test of time. I dig the oldschool deli feel, and the selection of sandwiches is vast (the Hawaiian an tri-tip are my faves). They have a good selection of random desserts and candies from other countries you can't find most places.
I haven't tried the pre-made Italian foods yet, but most people tell me those are tasty. Also, cheese is probably my favorite thing ever and they have a great selection of that here. Basically this place covers all the bases and then some, but it costs a little bit more than the other sandwich places in the area. Well worth it though, best to-go food downtown by FAR
Cute and friendly little tavernetta. I had the buffalo mozzarella appetizer which was very tasty and the brown rice pasta with veggies. I know, not the most decadent choice, but it was truly satisfying. I also tried a bite of the smoked salmon penne in a white wine cream sauce - squisito! The wine list looked good but pricey. I opted for spumante since I was feeling kind of fizzy and truly know little about wine. I'll be back.