In San Bruno, Cali is now open in the former Tribu Grill with different owners, but continuing to serve Filipino favorites. Start with the intriguing surf and turf sinuglaw with salt and pepper rubbed pork belly and raw yellow fin tuna chunks. A sisig of milkfish or pork on a sizzling platter is a must, and the fried rice based binagoongan with pork, mangoes, tomatoes, scrambled eggs, and shrimp sauce is the house specialty, plus enormous fun to mix together yourself. A menu of $5.99 lunch specials sweetens the experience, as does one of the classic desserts like the frozen braco de Mercedes. 235 El Camino Real, San Bruno; (650) 872-8851.
Burlingame has a new destination for raw fish with the opening of Sushi Sada, courtesy of the former owners of San Francisco's Nagano Sushi. The space features an open kitchen, a small sushi bar, and a compact main dining room with granite tables and a room length mirror. Along with the standard sushi selection, Sada presents specialty rolls, plus many options for those preferring to stay fish-free, including chicken teriyaki. 1861 El Camino Real, Burlingame; (650) 692-6938.
Redwood City's beloved Donato Enoteca is celebrating the November white truffle windfall with a special four-course, $195 tasting menu. It's showcasing those precious tartufo bianco on a selection of pasta, and a pork filet main course with sunchoke puree. Unless the weather in Piemonte stays sunny into December, the special menu ends November 24th. 1041 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City; (650) 701-1000.
Further down the Peninsula, Los Gatos continues to add to its strong food and drink scene, adding another destination restaurant to David Kinch's already well-known Manresa. No one will mistake Los Gatos for Bushwick, Brooklyn, but the South Bay now is home to Angelo Womack, formerly pizzaiolo at Bushwick's acclaimed pizzeria, Roberta's. Womack's wife Dana is the sister of Ross Hanson, executive chef at the recently closed Restaurant James Randall, and the team recently opened Oak & Rye in the former James Randall space. Womack's pizzas, including the nod to Gotham City "Commissioner Gordon" with Nueske's bacon and arugula, are the headliner. However, the rest of the menu from Hanson isn't just a side dish. It features small plates like Skuna Bay salmon with red grapes, pine nuts, and basil, and two "large" dishes including a 16 oz. dry aged ribeye. As you could guess from the name, rye whiskey is the drink program's focus, along with a dozen Italian wines all served as $13 8 oz. quartinos or $40 bottles. 303 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos; (408) 395-4441.