Monday, December 26, 2011

Los Gatos Bar and Grill, Los Gatos CA

Brian modelling a tater tot.

How was your Christmas Day?  Did you have fun?  Spend it with family and friends?  Or a quiet one alone?  Get lots of presents?  Whatever you did and however you spent Christmas Day, I hope you had a great time, or that it least was relaxing and not stressful for you.  I spent my Christmas Day with family in my home town.

Let me take you back to California for the next instalment of my extra-curricular activities on my recent work trip.  On the Wednesday evening, after I was fully rested and feeling way more chipper than the night before, our host company took us to dinner.  We were hoping to go to a Greek restaurant called Opa! in Los Gatos, but it was full and we did not have a reservation.  However, two doors or so down the street, we found  Los Gatos Bar & Grill, who accommodated our party of 6 quite easily.  Los Gatos Bar & Grill is exactly what it says on the tin - a bar with hearty meals available.  It is bright and colourful and full of action.  The atmosphere is very relaxed, and we sat on couches either side of a low table.  The service was prompt and cheerful, and added to the carefree air of the establishment.

We started off with a shared starter of tater tots (because I wanted to know what they were!):

In Australia, tater tots are known by the much less fun name of potato gems.  Brian, a member of our party and featured at the top of this post with a tater tot, likes to take photos of food too, although he is not a blogger.  

For mains, Jeff ordered the Mexicali Burger - guacamole, pico de gallo, pepper jack cheese, deep fried jalepenos:

The sweet potato tater tots were gorgeous - they were sweet and caramelly in flavour.

Brian ordered the seared Ahi Tuna Sandwich, comprising seared ahi tuna, sweet chili coleslaw, and wasabi aoli on a soft potato roll:

As for me, I braved the 11oz Grilled Flat Iron Steak with garlic mashed potatoes, fresh mixed vegetables and a port wine demiglaze:

The demiglaze on the steak was magnificently rich and fruity, and the steak (which I ordered medium rare) was soft and melt-in-your-mouth.  I washed it all down with a very fine glass or two of Esperto Pino Grigio.

This dinner capped off a fun night.  Would I go again?  Yeah, absolutely!

Los Gatos Bar & Grill
 15-1/2 N Santa Cruz Avenue
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Ph: +1 408 402.5870


Amanda said...

Hmm, interesting. I wonder how we would feel if we were offered potato gems on a menu here in Oz?!

Lorraine Not Quite Nigel said...

I had no idea that tate tots were potato gems! And look at the size of those serves! :O

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Mmmmmm....I'll take the ahi sandwich with a side of sweet potato tator tots :)

Ivy said...

Everything looks delicious. Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year, with health, joy, happiness and success in whatever you are doing.

Elaine said...

I'll have to make a note of this restaurant so the next time we are in Los Gatos we can try it. Looks like it was fun and those sweet potato tots sound yummy!

Anonymous said...

Sweet potato tater tots! I need to get on a plane to LA!

Johanna GGG said...

glad to confirm that tater tots are the same as potato gems - have never been sure!

sounds like a great meal - were you there for the christmas season in the usa? would have been interesting to see how it was celebrated

Cakelaw said...

Hi Johanna, I was there just before Christmas - where I was, it was full on Christmas decorations like we have, but with more of a winter twist.