Burlingame’s popular sandwich café Bonne Sante has a new Bay Area sibling, located in the heart of downtown San Mateo — and the overstuffed sandwiches in the added location are just as enormous as those at the original spot. The giant, creative offerings include the Napa, with smoked turkey, brie and signature sundried tomato tapenade, as well as the BLT & A, which adds avocado to the classic trio. The My Favorite features oven-roasted chicken breast, pepperjack cheese and roasted peppers on Dutch crunch. Bonne Sante’s burgers are also noteworthy, ranging from a simple cheeseburger or one of several variations with ingredients like poblano peppers and teriyaki glaze. A few salads and sides round out the experience.
219 S. San Mateo Drive, San Mateo; (650) 389-7660
Masa Sushi opened two months ago at The Marketplace at Redwood Shores, taking over the former Tokyo Star space. Raw fish preparations from the sushi bar are specialties, with sashimi and sushi offered both unadorned and in a variety of special rolls. The sashimi salad is a refreshing starter, and other great bites include hamachi nigiri and a spicy yellowtail roll. Local companies EA Sports and Oracle have rolls named for them; the latter features spicy salmon, crab and avocado. But the fish isn’t always raw at Masa; miso black cod and grilled mackerel are on the menu, too. Masa also has a small selection of Japanese appetizers, such as gyoza and soft shell crab, and entrees including udon, tempura and teriyaki dishes. Or diners may request the chefs to create a 10-item omakase meal for $49.95 per person. The room is cozy, with about 40 seats, a counter at the sushi bar, and a blue-lit ceiling adding to the aquatic theme.
238 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood Shores; (650) 631-8383
With a lengthy menu at more than 150 dishes, Fortune House is a new Chinese restaurant in San Carlos, replacing Henry’s Garden Restaurant. A house specialties section of the menu is nicely devoted to unique offerings including hot braised chicken wings and Lover’s Prawns, a dish of prawns sautéed in white wine and prawns with a sweet and spicy sauce, served side by side. Other selections include mu shu pork, many noodle dishes, braised tofu with meat and seafood clay pot and a section of sizzling iron plates. Pre-selected, multi-course family dinner options also are available. Fortune House’s spacious room has dark wood floors, bright, newly painted walls and traditional music to enhance the atmosphere.
1050 El Camino Real, San Carlos; (650) 802-8081. Fortunehousechinesefood.com
San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company comes to the Peninsula on Friday for a special beer pairing dinner at Menlo Park’s Left Bank Brasserie. The four-course meal, which starts at 6:30 p.m., includes an opening bite of lamb merguez meatball partnered with an Anchor Steam. The entrée is an Anchor IPA braised lamb shoulder with gigante butter bean stew, paired with, yes, an Anchor IPA.
635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park; (650) 473-6543. Leftbank.com