Foodie Heaven at One Michelin Starred Madera, Rosewood Sand Hill’s Signature Restaurant ~ A Wordless Wednesday TreatSep 28th, 2011 | By Clout and About | Category: Food & Wine, Food / Wine / Restaurant Reviews
Our meal went on for 4 hours but no one minded, or was watching a clock. After all, the view was spectacular, the weather was marvelous, the company was great and the food ~ well One Michelin Star should describe it! It was dish after dish great, greater and greatest! That was our Sunday lunch at Madera, the signature restaurant of Rosewood Sand Hill a couple weekends ago.
The gathering itself was spontaneous. We had all come from Sunday service and decided to meet up in Menlo Park. Our small lunch party of 3 turned into a table for 6. Our cousin was visiting from abroad. Madera had become one of our preferred chill spots as it provided the perfect setting just to unwind and have a very slow meal under an umbrella and with a glass of rosé, champagne or name your fave beverage.
American food, contrary to popular opinion, has a history – and it’s food is a reflection of the naturally occurring flora and fauna, the long-held habits of its immigrants and the ability of the land to support transplanted produce and livestock. The Western Slope of the United States, when first encountered, presented culinary riches beyond comprehension. The vast array of wild ingredients were plenty and diverse, the soil rich and supportive to cultivate herbs, fruit and vegetables, and the land borderless – hence supportive of a multitude of immigrant influences from China to Mexico.
Madera literally means “wood” in the Spanish language – the concept of the restaurant is built around the wood-burning kitchen reminiscent of the California Ranch House and early Spanish missionary heritage. The intent of Madera is to pay homage to the abundant history of this local region – and present cohesive cuisine based on this.
Madera is the signature restaurant at Menlo Park’s luxurious Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel.
In honor of Wordless Wednesday, I’m going to let the photographs speak for themselves. This was lunch, for 6.
You can click on all the images to enlarge.
THAT WAS LUNCH
This was dinner for 3
The staff and service was extraordinary and top of the line attentive. They were also quite knowledgeable and explained to us where some of the food was sourced. We had a great time all.day.and.all. night.long. The restaurant overlooked the pool, which was tempting during the day and spectacular at night. The keyword for me in this place is relaxing. It’s not difficult at all to be extremely laid back here, to really take your time and enjoy the company you’re with.
It’s no wonder venture capitalists favor this place. It’s a perfectly tranquil setting with rooms for executive offsite meetings where you completely feel like you are detached from the rest of the maddening crowd.
This was just a sampling of the creations prepared by the staff of Executive Chef Peter Rudolph (who was out the day we were there). By the end of the night, we were ready to drift off to another world, but not till we were done proclaiming just how much food we sampled all day. It was too tempting not to try. Fortunately, sleep came fast. It happens, when you’re relaxed and satisfied ~ and blissful. And full.