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LUNCH at 231 ELLSWORTH

One of the area's top restaurants has re-opened its doors under new ownership.

Located between 2nd and Third Avenues in San Mateo, the place opened more than a decade ago, only to close in some sort of staff mutiny.

The new owners have completely remodeled the place.  New menu.  New staff. 

I had a splendid lunch there in late March 2001.

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A Fresh Tuna "Nioise"-Styled Salad.

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Braised Short-ribs done in an Asian Style.
Everyone else was having a main plate to go with Pierre Sparr's Riesling.  Mine would have been better with a Pinot Noir.
The food was excellent, though!

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Dessert...a Pear Sorbet.
Quite good.

Telephone: 650-347-7231

POST-SCRIPT:
We had a lovely and culinarily-adventursome dinner at 231 on a Saturday night in May.
We splurged, going for the "taster's menu".  The most curious course was something of a risotto but made with a broth of smoked ham hocks!
In any case, the various courses were well-prepared and beautifully presented.   Foie gras.  Marinated calamari.  Sweetbreads with roasted "pork cheeks."
On such a warm night, however, we would have preferred the white wines be served closer to "chilled" rather than the warm, cellar temperature.

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