Occupation: Physical Therapist
Location: Corte Madera
Favorite Restaurant: Bistro Vis à Vis
Reviewed Bistro Vis à Vis: Friday, April 19, 2013
Bistro Vis à Vis is a tiny amazing gem nestled with in the Bon Air shopping mall. There is plenty of parking and the restaurant is tucked between other shops. The modest space is energetic and contemporary, with some romantic outdoor seating that has heat lamps. It’s all totally unexpected and unforgettable. The owners Soo Young Kim and Erich Lichtblau really care about your experience and always give you their personalized touch. They are gracious, hospitable and attentive. They only live four blocks away, and like many of their frequent guests, often walk from their home, making it truly a neighborhood restaurant.
They are very conscientious about using high quality and sustainable organic ingredients. The food is unique and innovative due to Soo Young’s background in biochemistry yet there is something for everyone. The Tuna Tartare appetizer with ginger-sesame vinaigrette, tobiko, mixed greens and wonton chips is incredibly light and refreshing. They always have seasonal specials that are well worth trying, such as the capellini with a lobster roe emulsion, baby octopus and wild shrimp. During the season, they serve this with fresh Dungeness crab.
The dessert list is short and changes regularly. The beignets are incredible. Made with organic flour, they are light and not greasy, served piping hot with an organic blueberry compote and crème fresh. They have an eclectic, carefully chosen boutique wine list that puts to shame many a list of big names you might find in more extravagant restaurants. They offer most wines by the glass, carafe and by the bottle, so if you are not sure, they readily propose a taste before you commit. I advise allowing them to choose the perfect pairing for your meal. The food is reasonably priced and a couple can experience an affordable totally romantic evening as long as you don’t go crazy with the wine. It’s an exceptional spot for locals but is also worth a special trip to Marin for foodies.
Occupation: Middle School Principal
Location: Daly City
Favorite Restaurant: Live Sushi
Reviewed Bistro Vis à Vis: Sunday, April 14, 2013