By Elena Kadvany
Porta Blu opens in Menlo Park hotelUploaded: Apr 12, 2018
Porta Blu, a restaurant combining Mediterranean and California cuisines, is now open inside the new Hotel Nia in Menlo Park.
Porta Blu is located at 200 Independence Drive, just off Hwy. 101. The all-day hotel restaurant "marries the ambiance and flavors of the Mediterranean with the Bay Area's fresh and forward approach to dining," a press release states.
For breakfast, look for dishes including shakshuka, lemon-ricotta pancakes, omelets and smoothies. Sandwiches, salads and paninis are served at lunch. For dinner, there are flatbreads; a variety of tagines -- chicken, fish, lamb or vegetable -- served with couscous; Portuguese steak frites; salmon wrapped in grape leaves; and other dishes.
One of Porta Blu's tagines. Photo courtesy Hotel Nia.
There are also cocktails, a "California-driven beer program" and an international wine list.
The luxury hotel also has a cafe serving coffee from Santa Cruz's Verve Coffee Roasters.
View the food and drink menus here.
Chef de Cuisine Michael Riddell, a Bay Area native who worked at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay for the last decade, is leading the kitchen with Executive Chef Eric Cousin, who previously worked at The Essex House in New York, The Plaza Hotel in New York and Disneyland Paris.
The restaurant's name, which translates to blue door, is reflected in design elements: rolls of blue rugs and suspended blue doors hang from the ceiling in the main dining room.
Rugs hang from the ceiling of the newly opened Porta Blu in Menlo Park. Photo by Kate Bradshaw.
Porta Blu is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Its hours are Monday to Saturday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m., and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 5-10 p.m. a