By Stephanie Gerson
Michelin-starred chef Jarad Gallagher’s travels across the Iberian Peninsula inspired him to open Broma, a new Mediterranean restaurant focusing on Spanish-Portuguese cuisine at the Shashi Hotel in Mountain View, where Gallagher will serve as Vice President for the culinary operation functions. This isn’t Gallagher’s first restaurant venture: He and Justin Rodriguez, director of food and beverage operations, also worked on the menu at The Emerald Hour, a restaurant that opened at the Shashi Hotel last year and serves cocktails and mostly small plates. Gallagher and Rodriguez also previously worked together at the Michelin-starred Chez TJ in Mountain View.
The restaurant offers a seasonal fixed-price menu that changes daily, as well as à la carte dishes prepared with local and international ingredients. In creating the menu, Gallagher and Executive Chef Aubree Arndt wanted to present fine dining as accessible and available to those with dietary preferences, Gallagher said in a statement.
“When I first traveled through Spain and Portugal, I was struck by their rich and vibrant culture,” said Gallagher. “I was immediately inspired by the bold, hearty cuisine and passion for craftsmanship. … When people dine at BROMA, I want them to feel transported and inspired, without the unnecessary formality of fine dining.”
A la carte menu specialties include Spanish octopus with chilli glaze, Alentejo pork cheek with kimchi and Valrhona Manjari mousse with chili sponge cake.
Valrhona Manjari Mousse with Chili Sponge Cake, Pecans and Sea Salt. Photo by Jude Semana.
Rodriguez has contributed to the drinks menu at Broma and expanded The Emerald Hour’s drinks menu. Drink selections include a coffee martini with California sherry, a paloma with a hint of ginger, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic house lemonades accompanied by Spanish ingredients.
Broma, 1625 N Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View; 650-386-2277. Instagram: @bromamv.
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