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MICHELIN Guide California

Protégé

  • 250 California Ave., Palo Alto, 94306, United States
  • 65 - 155 USD • Contemporary, Californian
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New American cuisine available for pickup Tuesday-Saturday.

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MICHELIN Guide California

Protégé

  • 250 California Ave., Palo Alto, 94306, United States
  • 65 - 155 USD • Contemporary, Californian
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

This Palo Alto hit boasts an envious pedigree—Chef Anthony Secviar, Pastry Chef Eddie Lopez, and Master Sommelier Dennis Kelly all trained under Chef Thomas Keller at The French Laundry. Having said that, the notable kitchen team offers an experience that is far from weighty. In fact, the staff aims to keep things more lenient in this dining room, which sports cushy leather booths, beautifully laid tables, and even the occasional flip flop-donning diner.

Expect cooking with a suave and edgy panache. The dining room, an elegant respite from the buzzy lounge, features a five-course tasting menu underscoring the likes of kataifa-wrapped langoustine; Pacific sablefish with yuzu tapioca and dashi; as well as tender, juicy lamb loin with a swipe of vadouvan-infused sauce, falafel, and sweet pepper confiture. Keen attention to detail and well-balanced flavors continue through to dessert—as evidenced by the dulce de leche mousse coated with salted hazelnuts, toasted honey and dark chocolate.

In keeping with its accessible slant, an à la carte menu, with tempting selections like brick chicken with saffron rice, razor clams and brown-butter caper jus, is on offer in the lounge, bar and patio.

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  • m One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
  • ó Comfortable restaurant
Speciality
  • New Bedford sea scallop, leeks, sorrel, champagne, Golden Ossetra caviar
  • Coddled hen egg, porcini marmalade, parmesan fondue, freshly grated black truffle
  • Pies, fruit tarts , plus daily churned ice creams and sorbets

Facilities & Services

  • a Wheelchair access
  • E Non-smoking restaurant
  • r Outside dining available
  • { Private dining room
  • T Air conditioning
  • Credit card / Debit card accepted

Information

+1 650-494-4181
Opening hours
Closed: Monday, lunch : Tuesday-Saturday, Sunday

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