Seafood gets a modern Latin treatment in Redwood City 

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  • The rack of lamb is recommended at La Viga.
La Viga, one of Redwood City’s favorite destinations for modern Latin cuisine since its opening a year and a half ago, now has its first sibling. Chef Manuel Martinez has unveiled the sleek LV Mar just a few blocks away on downtown’s Broadway restaurant row. Not surprisingly with Martinez’s reputation as a master of seafood, LV Mar’s menu features an aquatic theme. For tapas, there’s ceviche mixto and a dish with ahi tuna, pickled vegetables and aji chili sauce. A short list of entrees and shared plates includes scallops with green rice gratin and lobster Bordelaise sauce, pumpkin seed-crusted sea bass, and duck breast with tamarind and prune mole. Dessert offers items such as a pear and almond tart with horchata ice cream and smoky-sweet mezcal caramel. Though the restaurant has no hard liquor license, the bar features wine-centric spins on classic cocktails.

2042 Broadway, Redwood City; (650) 241-3111,


Office lunch just got more exciting in Burlingame with the opening of New World Café, which offers a globe-spanning breakfast and lunch menu in the shadow of San Francisco International Airport. Executive chef Jorge Sebastiani’s résumé covers much the same ground as his menu, having worked in Tokyo, Paris and most recently as executive chef at Spiedo in San Mateo. In the morning, choose from assorted omelets or jook (Chinese rice soup) served with an onion-and-dry-shrimp rice roll. Lunch brings personal-size pizzas, traditional salads and sandwiches on housemade bread. But the headliners are the three daily creative hot-lunch specials like a stuffed chicken leg with risotto, baked tomatoes and port wine sauce, or peppercorn-crusted rack of lamb with lentils. Best of all, everything is under $10 and a full lunch with the dish of the day, soup or salad and freshly baked dessert is $8.50.

833 Mahler Road, Suite 10, Burlingame; (650) 239-9750,

Not far away from New World Café, a third location of San Mateo’s popular Tpumps is open by the Burlingame Caltrain station. Milk teas with boba dominate the menu, where your many subsequent choices include settling on green or black tea, various flavors ranging from tangerine to taro, and any desired toppings. Smoothies, slushies and hot tea round out the offerings. There’s no seating, so keep in mind you’ll have to enjoy that peppermint milk tea outside.

1118 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame

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