La Foret is located in a creekside boarding house that dates back to the mid-19th century quicksilver boom in the hills above New Almaden. This place is all about rustic French food and wild game is always on the menu—it’s one of the few Bay Area restaurants serving dishes like elk and wild boar—along with decadent wine- and butter-based sauces. At dinner, you can either go a la carte or choose from one of three tasting menus, but we’re partial to the six-course option for its seared scallops in saffron herb cream and elk loin in a portabella cognac reduction. Request a seat out on the stone patio just across from the 4,000-acre county park and feel a million miles away from any Silicon Vally tech bro.
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