My friend has been telling me to try Anise Cafe for the last two years. Finally, I have a chance to try it. I did not know what to expect. I was told it is on West San Carlos. At first I thought it was in down town San Jose, it is not. It is in the middle between Down town and Valley Fair by Bascom avenue. I was a nice surprise to find such a wonderful restaurant in such an unlikely location. I was seated promptly by a really pretty hostess. It was a good start. Shortly after I was greeted by a really nice waitress that explain the menu throughly to me, an added bonus for someone who has dined at Anise fro a very first time. I ordered a mango mojito. It was the best mojito I have ever tasted. It was muddled with fresh mint, fresh mango, and fresh lime. The same way that I would made for my friends. By now I can't wait to eat. I ordered the corn fritters, what a simple amazing dish. I also tried the Banana blossom salad, the same salad that I have tried over Straits Cafe, this one was incredible, full of texture and the the flavors were amazing. I then ordered the Royal Tiger prawns with tamarind sauce, it is so tasty. Lastly I ordered the flambee banana springroll. Again lots of flavors, saba banana, coconut and jackfruit, I would never thought of that combinations. I love it. Can't wait to bring my friends and family back to try other dishes.
Pros: Flavors, Ambience, and Cocktails!
Cons: Hidden space!