898 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park
Status: Now Open
Marche has been dead for over a year now, and today Roland Passot's second location of LB Steak brings new life to the address, and the only steakhouse on record to Menlo Park. Architect Mark Stevens of Architecture & Light redesigned the interior in "meaty" tones, with a glass-enclosed exhibition kitchen, stone-topped bar and a separate lounge with a faux cowhide dividing wall.
Chef de cuisine Ryan Ellison joins the project by way of Passot's other LB Steak on Santana Row and—before that—Oliveto. He tells InMenlo the sashimi and seafood dishes are hot sellers in addition to the headlining prime steak cuts. Now here's the opening dinner menu, detailing some crowd-pleasing starters including pork belly with a fried egg, seared scallops with corn pudding and compressed nectarine, and four different salads to choose from. Nine steak options can be dressed up with the likes of wasabi creme friache, bernaise or several other sauces for an extra two dollars. There are also seven non-steak options, including a King salmon, gnocchi with guanciale, Cornish game hen, Kurobuta pork chop, and more. To drink, there are artisan cocktails in addition to wine and beer.
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