Funfeasts is about enjoying and exploring life - through food. It's an attempt to chronicle my feasts of fun and the many tasty bites experienced along the way.

Cafe Gibraltar, Half Moon Bay CA

If the seemingly long, wet winter we've had in Northern California inspired a good deal of comfort food and nights eating "in", then a few sunbreaks here and there have encouraged a mad-dash out. Out to enjoy the weather and for me, out to try a few new restaurants.

One of the most recent - and delicious - new places I have tried is Cafe Gibraltar in Half Moon Bay California. Tucked away on a street I would otherwise pass by, it was recommended by a friend who knows of my food obsession and fondness for Half Moon Bay.

Right after I booked my reservation on Open Table I received an email confirmation I was inclined to ignore . However, after a quick read and the notice to "call in advance if you want Moroccan-style seating" I decided to give a call and sure enough, they were able to accomodate my request. Turns out Morrocan-style seating means you sit on comfy pillows around a square table surrounded by long, private curtains. It's cozy, intimate and a nice way to kick back with friends and a bottle of wine.

Now, for the food. While amazing on a plate, my words will probably not do the entrees justice so, below is a small sampling of our orders...
  • Gambero con polenta. This is fresh American wild shrimp sauteed with garlic, tomatoes and a host of other ingredients and served atop White Pearl corn polenta. If you like polenta, you MUST order this dish!
  • Chipporones al ajillo. Quite possibly the most tender calamari I've tasted. Highly recommended.
  • Gnocchi di patata al tartufo. Beautifully presented, with large, tender gnocchi and flavorful mushrooms plus fresh goat cheese.
  • Pintada con Membrillo - pheasant stuffed with pancetta, sage and ginger mousse.
  • Aginares apo tyri - stuffed, baked local artichoke.
  • Gateau du crabe - local Dungeness crab cake served atop a potato-sunchoke onion melange. My friend ordered this and I thought it was one of the best items on the menu. YUM.
Whew - a lot of fancy words for just plain amazing food!

For dessert we opted to share two desserts: the maple pecan tart (my favorite) and the banana cream pie. Both were excellent.

Overall, a really fantastic meal with all the elements working together seamlessly. The service was leisurely paced but attentive, the server well-versed in the ingredients and food descriptions and the food itself unique and perfectly executed. I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised.

Cafe Gibraltar 425 Ave Alhambra, Half Moon Bay CA 94019.
Reservations recommended.

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