Family-Style Dinner with Starry Kitchen at the Tiara Cafe

  • September 11, 2012 · 6:30 PM
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Family-Style Dining: Dining for this event has been designated as Family-Style. The food bill will be split evenly between all attendees. Attendees will be responsible for paying for their own beverages. Please note that flexibility is an important part of family-style dining, and if you want to take a chance on attending, you have to be amenable to what the group/AO will order. You don't have to eat everything that is ordered, but everyone pays equally, whether you eat everything or not. Why this policy? The goal for family-style dining is to allow for the entire group to sample as wide a variety of dishes as possible. If one or more attendees choose to order on their own, that limits the group's choices, which defeats the purpose of what Family-Style Dining is all about. If this definition of Family-Style Dining doesn't feel comfortable, this may not be the right type of event for you.

Less than a month after they closed down their Cal Plaza restaurant, the husband and wife duo behind Starry Kitchen, Nguyen and Thi Tran, reopened last Thursday inside Fred Eric's Tiara Cafe.

The new menu boasts family-friendly entrees including Malaysian chicken curry, crispy tofu balls (a crossover from their old menu), and a Singaporean crab that can comfortably feed a party of three.

For the team at Starry Kitchen, the partnership with Tiara is a experimental collaboration as they churn out new menu items with chef Laurent Quenioux and figure out the logistics of a new space at Cal Plaza (they've put in an application).

Although Tiara Cafe has traditionally hosted temporary concepts, Starry Kitchen plans to stay put. "Don't call it a pop-up, 'cause we want this to be permanent," Tran wrote in a press release.

There's a fair number of disclaimers and warnings of their menu like, "Disclaimer: The menu is still a work in progress w/ things like pricing, portioning ..." and "WARNING: This dish is VERY Asian + ALMOST tastes like Asia itself." But as regular customers know already, it's team Starry Kitchen's unpredictability and shock factor (weed dinner, banana suit) that has made them both famous and beloved.

Since I never got to visit their previous Cal Plaza restaurant, I'm really looking forward to this meal and hope you will, too.

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  • yarom l.

    def the crab, and whats scoop re wine? I posted on the other one too, but if anyone knows? Thanks

    September 11, 2012

  • Kat

    Btw we asked for a large crab bc we wanted to eat lots of it.

    August 25, 2012

  • Kat

    I must have posted my comment on the other event here. I think the crab is a must order, and we'll be there early enough in case they run out, which has been happening. The crab is priced by the pound/market price. When I was there on opening night, our crab was $35.
    The crab is pre-cracked, but I found that I still needed a crab cracker. They don't have any crab crackers there, not sure if they got some now. Anyway, I had brought my own crab cracker. I was prepared. Lol. I plan to bring one again.

    August 25, 2012

  • Abby

    By the way, one of the things I want to order is their Singaporean Crab, assuming they have it available. It is the most expensive thing on the menu at $56 per order. :)

    August 23, 2012

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