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Among the many reasons to visit Tiburon, the bay front jewel of Marin County, The Bungalow Kitchen by Michael Mina and Brent Bolthouse topped the list. This newly opened waterfront ‘community club’ has it all: breathtaking San Francisco skyline views, chic and laid-back design features, an enticing menu featuring fine California cuisine. and concocted cocktails, and a vibrant social scene that attracts some of the region’s most notable faces.
Featuring an eclectic bohemian design by world-renowned interior designer AD100 Martin BrudnizkiA two-story, nearly 300-seat venue combines MINA Group’s signature five-star service and bold cuisine with the ability to create a Bolthouse vibe – and what that vibe is.
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Guests are greeted by a cozy lounge-style setting, the star of which is a large, buzzing, surround bar. The main dining space exudes a chic yet comfortable atmosphere; Floor-to-ceiling windows lead to a green courtyard with views of San Francisco and Angel Island. The intimate private dining room features lined bookshelves featuring a custom Wilson Audio speaker system. Upstairs, the sleek Salon features lounge-style motifs, where guests can sit up at the funky bar, challenge friends to a game of billiards, or nestle near the bonfire.
Bolthouse was intimately involved in every role-playing detail. Creator of the Neon Carnival, the annual dance party recognized as one of the most coveted invitations in the world, this hospitable veteran virtually invented Southern California’s nightlife scene by developing the art of promoting nightclubs at venues such as the infamous Roxbury, The Viper Room, and The House of Blues. His influence is felt throughout the restaurant – from the rock star portraits on the upstairs walls, to the custom soundtrack, to his curated rock-themed wine list – ‘Brent Top 10 Albums Paired With Sommelier Jeremy Shanker’s Top 10 Bungalow Wines.’
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“From the first moment I sat on the pier with Michael Mina, I began to envision The Bungalow Kitchen: a community club that brings the culinary and social worlds together under one roof,” says Bolthouse. home”. “My dream is for The Bungalow Kitchen to be an extension of our neighbors room and the place where they come to celebrate life. I feel like this is our love letter to Tiburon. ‘
“I am delighted to be partnering with Brent, my longtime friend and hotelier, to bring The Bungalow Kitchen to the Bay Area – breathing new life into Tiburon’s beloved destination,” said executive chef Mina said. “The Bungalow kitchen was designed to feel like an extended guest home, so the menu is familiar yet enhanced, crafted with Californian fare that reflects the scenic, historic waterfront location. Tiburon’s interesting history and captivating feel.”
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Bungalow Kitchen offers a nightly dinner service with dishes inspired by local, seasonal ingredients. Menu highlights include the pristine NorCal Shellfish Tasting complete with Pacific oysters, Fort Bragg sea urchin & salmon roe, the on-site grilled shrimp Dungeness crab Louie, and Bodega Bay clam cocktail, and the Garden Crudité Bowl , with crispy cold garden vegetables served with gazpacho shooter and three dipping sauces – green goddess, lemon poppy seeds and walnut romesco. MINA favorites, currently only available in the Bay Area at The Bungalow Kitchen, include Chef Mina’s Ahi Tuna Tartare mix with chili, mint, garlic, pine nuts and habanero-sesame oil, and Michael’s Mina Reserve Caviar Parfait with crisps topped with smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and whipped crème. The menu also features the Lobster Pot Pie, a Chef Mina signature dish that includes whole Maine lobster, truffle-lobster biscuits, and assorted veggies. For dessert, guests can enjoy the Meyer Lemon Crêpe with crème fraîche, Sicilian pistachios and local raspberries, and the K&J Orchards Toasted Persimmon topped with Tenbrink walnuts and vanilla Straus bean cream.
Classic Caesar, Avocado Lettuce Salad, Liberty Farms Grilled Duck Wings, Hog Island Oysters, Sweet Potato Pancakes, Trident Cocktail. Angelo Clinton’s photo
The weekend brunch menu includes items like the Perfectly Deep Fried Sweet Potato Pancakes, topped with spiced salmon and the option to add an extra 1oz of Michael Mina’s reserve caviar, Brokaw Butter Toast Sprinkled with Everything Spices and iced beetroot, Toasted Coconut French Toast sprinkled with pistachio praline and finished with fresh lemon and strawberry curd, and Hot Chicken & Waffles with Honey Spicy and sweet Yuzukosho served with cabbage fry.
Cocktails, from left to right: City Lights, Last Free Ride, Angels and Sailors, Mr. Tin Man. Angelo Clinton’s photo
Aided by bar manager Mike Lay of MINA Group, the cocktail program offers edgy and refreshing selections like the beloved Bungalow Margarita with Casamigos Blanco tequila, lemonade and agave nectar, Shark Point Spritz featuring Aperol , Lillet rose, Prosco, Fever Tree seltzer, orange, and City Lights with vodka infused with chamomile, lemon, elderflower, agave, and faba, among many others. In addition, MINA Group Liquor Director and Master Sommelier Jeremy Shanker has curated a robust wine list with 150 local and international products offered by bottle and glass.
Whether dropping in for a cocktail or a full-service meal, Michael Mina’s The Bungalow Kitchen makes a visit to Tiburon, a Northern California ‘must have.’
Bungalow Kitchen is located at 5 Main Street in Tiburon, California. Operating hours are 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; and 10am – 10pm Saturday & Sunday. Lunch service coming soon.