Los Altos, California is a Silicon Valley city that is undergoing change and redevelopment both in its residential areas and its downtown. Over the past few years, a number of fantastic new restaurant entrants have joined the scene including Honcho and Voyageur du Temps. We’re particularly jazzed about the newest kid on the block, Restaurant Asa.

 

Start Your Engines - A Sumptuous Plate of Pata Negra Jamón Ibérico de Bellota at Asa in Los Altos, California
Start Your Engines – A Sumptuous Plate of Pata Negra Jamón Ibérico de Bellota at Asa in Los Altos, California

 

Asa is a restaurant that celebrates the best of Italian and Spanish dishes. The restaurant is owned by Andrew Welch who also is the proprietor of The Basin in Saratoga. The head chef, Steven Vu, worked with Welch at The Basin before joining team Asa.

 

Fresh Maine Lobster Toast With Crème Fraîche, Stewed Red Chili and Lemon Served on Brioche at Asa in Los Altos, California
Fresh Maine Lobster Toast With Crème Fraîche, Stewed Red Chili and Lemon Served on Brioche at Asa in Los Altos, California

 

The menu features appetizers like a paella pequeña (made with shrimp and chorizo) as well as a paella de la tierra for veggie fans. By the way, we adore the idea of featuring a hearty dish like paella in a lighter, more manageable starter form.

 

Asa in Los Altos, California Often Features Specials Like This Foie Gras Appetizer
Asa in Los Altos, California Often Features Specials Like This Foie Gras Appetizer

 

Before you dive into the tercer grado (or the main dishes on the menu), you may want to consider taste testing one of the beverages that Asa’s talented bartenders have whipped up. Asa features house cocktails like the Asa G&T which is made with Fords Gin, Carpano Bianco Vermouth, Fever Tree Tonic, edible flowers, grapefruit and juniper berries. Next time we’ll likely be making a beeline for the blackberry Bulliet or the fall’n leaf (made with San Francisco’s own Junipero Gin, rosemary syrup, Yellow Chartreuse, lime, St. Germain and egg white).

 

Flower Power - An Asa G&T With Edible Flowers at Restaurant Asa in Los Altos, California
Flower Power – An Asa G&T With Edible Flowers at Restaurant Asa in Los Altos, California

 

As gorgeous as our gin and tonic was, our tummies craved more than just edible flowers, so during our visit we also indulged in an “angry” bowl of Italian arrabiata pasta.

 

Spicy Arrabiata Pasta Made With Garlic and Arbol Chile at Asa in Los Altos, California
Spicy Arrabiata Pasta Made With Garlic and Arbol Chile at Asa in Los Altos, California

 

We also gave the exotic handmade mushroom pasta a whirl and that may have been the winner of the evening.

 

Eight Kinds of Exotic Mushrooms (Including Chanterelles) Take Center Stage in Pasta at Asa in Los Altos, California
Eight Kinds of Exotic Mushrooms (Including Chanterelles) Take Center Stage in Pasta at Asa in Los Altos, California

 

We found the service to be impeccable and on point at Asa. Our waiter, Kevin, answered all of our questions and was knowledgeable about each dish that was served. (He even had a cell phone pic handy that showcased that day’s fresh delivery from the King of Mushrooms.)

 

The Fish of the Day at Asa in Los Altos - A Slow Poached Sustainably Harvested Cod
The Fish of the Day at Asa in Los Altos – A Slow Poached Sustainably Harvested Cod

 

The ambiance at Asa is date night dreamy with soaring ceilings and feather flocked light fixtures.

 

Asa's Stunning Restaurant in Los Altos, California was Designed by Olson Kundig
Asa’s Stunning Restaurant in Los Altos, California was Designed by Olson Kundig

 

The building was designed by Tom Kundig the principal architect and owner of Seattle based Olson Kundig.

 

A Glimpse Into Asa's Kitchen in Los Altos, California
A Glimpse Into Asa’s Kitchen in Los Altos, California

 

The best seat in the house, in our humble opinion, is toward the back where you can peek into the kitchen.

 

Asa in Los Altos Saves a Few Seats in its Bar Area for Folks Without Reservations
Asa in Los Altos Saves a Few Seats in its Bar Area for Folks Without Reservations

 

Since Asa has only been open for a couple of months, walk up tables can be hard to come by. Your best bet is to book a reservation in advance on OpenTable. Reservations dining at 7:00pm or earlier have a two hour limit on their table. The bar area has open seating for about four people (and the full menu can be ordered at the bar should you choose to sit over by those lovely edible cocktail flowers).

 

Pumpkin Pot de Crème and Twice Baked Shortbread Cookies at Asa in Los Altos, California
Pumpkin Pot de Crème and Twice Baked Shortbread Cookies at Asa in Los Altos, California

 

With such tasty dinner dishes at Asa it may be tough to save room for dessert, but with options like Chef Vu’s homemade adult ice cream and Cali’s spiced rum cake, it’s worth taking a peek at the menu before you go.

 

Nightcap Options at Asa in Los Altos, California Include the Spark Plug Made With Stoli Vanilla Vodka, Kahlúa, Baileys and Espresso
Nightcap Options at Asa in Los Altos, California Include the Spark Plug Made With Stoli Vanilla Vodka, Kahlúa, Baileys and Espresso

 

Los Altos has plenty of stalwart favorites (like Los Altos Grill and The Posh Bagel), but Asa is in a class all its own. We left feeling as though our first outing at Asa was such a smashing success that we’ll surely be back for a follow up visit. Who knows, maybe next time we’ll see you there.

 

Restaurant Asa in Los Altos, California
Restaurant Asa in Los Altos, California

 

Restaurant Asa
Address:
 242 State Street
Los Altos, California 94022
Hours: Monday Through Thursday 5:00pm to Close, Friday and Saturday 4:30pm to Close
Phone: (650) 935-2372
Email: contactus@asalosaltos.com
Pricing (All in USD): Appetizers/Primer Grado $3.50 to $26.00, Salads and Soups/Segundo Grado $9.00 to $19.00, Main Dishes/Tercer Grado $18.00 to $59.00