Steamer's Grillhouse, Los Gatos
That was a lot better than I thought it would be. I wasn't quite sure of what to expect from a place called Steamers (31 University Ave, 408-395-2722), whose menu looked like it was trying to fancy things up a bit from the more humble seafood places that I'm such a huge fan of. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed every part of the meal here, from the freshness and honesty of the food to the not-as-pretentious-nor-fake-as-I-had-envisioned decor.
From start to finish, it all worked. The chowder was extra rich, the risotto was done just right, and the creme brulee was loaded with little vanilla beans. I particularly liked the fact that they had a local fish, petrale sole, on the menu, done in a lemon butter sauce and paired with a coleslaw made hearty by the aroma of little bits of bacon. Thumbs up...I'll happily come back here again.