Change can be delicious. The first metamorphosis for the Conservatory restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, came in the form of a recent renovation offering enhanced ocean views. Now, the California cuisine menu is undergoing another coast-inspired transformation, this time courtesy of new chef Alain Zhang.
Raised in Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia, China, Zhang created an award-winning Pan-Asian restaurant in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, before returning home to work at Le Meridien Qingdao and The Ritz-Carlton Sanya, Yalong Bay. In Half Moon Bay, forging relationships with local farmers and sustainable seafood purveyors has been his focus since arriving this summer.
Zhang’s signature Conservatory dishes include California cipollini onion soup with Grana Padano cheese, green onion emulsion and onion dust, served at lunch and dinner; and two dinner entrees: pan-seared diver scallops with smoked carrots, chorizo butter and potato ash; and veal rack with roasted garlic, herb butter and confit tomatoes. 1 Miramontes Point Road, 650.712.7000
Originally published in the October issue of Silicon Valley