I was beginning to despair of any really innovative new restaurants opening in our area, but based on these two, I am getting much more optimistic.
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La Fontaine, Walnut Creek
French restaurants give all the indications of being an endangered species, so it is heartening to see a new one opening up. La Fontaine is not a stereotypical one though. To quote their website “La Fontaine combines French & Italian cuisine to present you with a vibrant menu that is made with local and seasonal ingredients”.
The menu certainly looks interesting. Main courses including Bouillabaise, Beef Wellington, Steak Frites and Beef Wellington with a variety of pasta dishes to confirm the Italian influence.
Desserts too are representative of both cuisines with Tiramisu, Panna Cotta, Crème Brulee and Profiteroles, for example. The décor is stylishly modern and the restaurant is located in the old Le Cheval premises on Broadway, right across from the parking garage.
12 reviews on Google at the time of writing and 41 on Yelp give La Fontaine strong recommendations with top marks for the Beef Wellington and the Duck Breast. I suspect, and hope, that this will become a Walnut Creek staple.
La Fontaine, 1375 N.Broadway, Walnut Creek
Lita, Walnut Creek
And now for something completely different!
Combining Miami flavors with Caribbean influences. Lita offers classic Caribbean-Latino dishes, reimagined to highlight locally sourced ingredients. This is a fresh and modern approach to Latin Caribbean cuisine fusing modern Cuban and Jamaican dishes with Miami vibes, yet fitting well into the Bay Area.
When you walk into Lita, everything is brightly lit from the marbled bar to the custom infinity mirror by Orange County artist Nicky Alice. Purple patched booths and bar stools are meant to emulate Miami sunsets and the faux concrete walls were hand sculpted by Miami-based Colombian artist Lorna Samara Ash.
The food here is getting great reviews. The dinner menu is divided into starters, ceviches, tacos and empanadas, larger plates and family-style specials. Everything is made using locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. Dishes include crispy, coconut-braised pork belly served in a soft, house made blue corn tortilla, Ancho Chile Coffee Short Ribs, and Jerk-Marinated Half Ventura Heirloom Chicken. There are also some imaginative vegetarian options.
Lita, 1602 Bonanza Street, Walnut Creek
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