Contemporary restaurant Adrestia opens at the (also new) Tetra Hotel


Out in north Sunnyvale’s Moffett Park near the bay, the Tetra Hotel — one of Marriott’s distinctive Autograph Collection properties — has sprung up, along with a sister AC Hotel. And with the opening comes a stylish new restaurant, Adrestia, helmed by a longtime California chef who was born and trained in Japan. We stopped by during the first week to check it out. Here’s what we found:

THE LOOK: Sleek and airy, with angular Gabellini Sheppard-designed architecture, high ceilings and organic elements throughout the public spaces — the lobbies, restaurants and bar areas. A covered outdoor space called Nexus sits between the two hotels, offering alfresco dining options. Soon, this sculpture-filled area will be activated with wine tastings, artist events and more.

Red Rice-Crusted Branzino at the new Adrestia restaurant inside Sunnyvale’s also-new Tetra Hotel. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) 

THE VIBE: The first diners inside Adrestia were Sunnyvale residents who’d been following Tetra’s construction. This space is also feeling very Silicon Valley, what with the return of tech travelers and the unmasking of Santa Clara County. On this midweek evening, the restaurant was serving a healthy complement of diners, all nicely spaced out in the 52-seat restaurant that features a communal live-edge wood table. Thanks to high ceilings and a cool soundtrack, the noise level remained a pleasant buzz and conversation was easy on our side of the room. (OK, we did overhear one of the visiting software folks utter the words “stock price.”) Other hotel guests and visitors were already filling Nokori, the expansive bar area.

Executive chef Hideki Myo’s new culinary home is Adrestia at Sunnyvale’s Tetra Hotel. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) 

THE FOOD: Look for a Japanese-inspired California menu that showcases seasonal ingredients. Executive chef Hideki Myo (Westin Tokyo, Westin St. Francis, Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf) is a 25-year veteran of Bay Area kitchens who prides himself on balancing flavors and textures in sometimes surprising ways. The Cold-Smoked Beef Carpaccio ($24) is brushed with a whisky barrel-aged soy and served with a tea-leaf salad. The impressive, shareable whole-fish entree, Tempura Snapper (market price), pairs the crispy filets with a Korean barbecue glaze and crispy noodle salad. Myo elevates Adrestia’s burger with Wagyu beef, zesty togarashi cheese and miso aioli ($25). And crunchy cardamom streusel, frosted pistachios and a Satsuma slice add texture and interest to the silky Chai Panna Cotta ($12).

Cold-Smoked Beef Carpaccio at Adrestia restaurant in Sunnyvale’s Tetra Hotel. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) 

Vegetable-forward dishes include the Farro & Brussels Sprouts Risotto with elephant garlic, oven-dried tomato, crispy fennel and Taleggio cheese ($24) and Roasted Tri-Colored Carrots, tossed with avocado, blood orange and crunchy sprouted seeds ($17).

Near the dining room, the hotel’s Coffee Manufactory cafe offers drinks made with sustainably sourced beans from that Oakland-based roaster; grab-and-go sandwiches like katsu ($11) or egg salad ($6) on milk bread; and artisan chocolates from Deux Cranes of Los Gatos. Coming soon: Tartine Manufactory pastries.

Nokori bar inside the Tetra Hotel specializes in Japanese whiskies and highballs. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) 

THE SIPS: Japanese whiskies, including some rare and high-end bottles, star at Tetra’s Nokori bar. An innovative Suntory highball machine dispenses Japanese highballs in what’s been determined to be the perfect whisky-to-soda water ratio. Besides the Classic with Suntory Toki ($13), there are intriguing variations such as the Remon Highball with frozen lemon ($15) and the Dram & Grain, Nikka Days whisky with apple soda ($21). A non-alcoholic Chowa Highball ($12) mixes matcha syrup, soda water and peach bitters.

The Mini Grilled Lobster Sando at Adrestia restaurant delivers a major hit of umami. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) 

DON’T MISS: If you love lobster rolls, venture out of your Maine/Connecticut-style comfort zone and order chef Myo’s umami-packed Mini Grilled Lobster Sando ($20). The furikake-dusted milk bread is filled with lobster and laced with togarashi-spiced cheese and bechamel, with miso aioli on the side. It’s small but very rich, perfect for a shared appetizer or a small meal.

DISCUSS AMONG YOURSELVES: The massive acrylic sculpture on the Adrestia wall is called “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not.” Look closely and you’ll see it resembles a steel-hued flower. Will the object of desire be gone by the time the lovelorn finishes plucking off the hundreds of imaginary petals?

The provocative “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not” sculpture inside Tetra Hotel’s new Adrestia restaurant. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) 

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