Neiman Marcus has a store in Walnut Creek (the chic-est town in the East Bay) that opened up bout 2 years ago if memory serves. I've only been in there 3 times including today. Once when it opened with a bud of mine (its all ladies stuff so I normally wouldn't be in there anyway) just to see what it was like inside and to have a cup o' coffee at their cafe on the second floor.
I'd been resisting taking the wife there because Neiman Marcus makes most people feel poor, and me feel destitute. It is the land of 400 dollar Fendi sunglasses, 4000 dollar Chanel bags 650 dollar Louboutin shoes and what not. I don't want my wife in Macy's a whole lot much less NM, the prince of Department Stores. Macy's has a large store in Walnut Creek and so does Nordstrom. NM has a "cute" store, which although it covers a large piece of land right on Main Street, it is nicely laid out in a non-crowded manner. It is "non-threatening" , except for the price tags, which are very discreet (but mind blowing).
Anyway , i had taken the wife there just to enjoy their cafe last week and again today. The cafe on the second floor is very genteel. It is the epitome of cafe service. They serve light lunches there. And prices are not extreme. I would not say "cheap" but not extreme is about as affordable as one can say about anything in NM.
The service is first class. The staff are impeccable. They are used to serving well heeled clientele (and no doubt saw right through me, but i still tip well enough).
They start you off with a demitasse of their oh-so-good chicken consomme, gratis no less. As well as a superb pop-over, also gratis. Which is a large looking piece of bread that is all air inside basically so it all collapses, but it is awesome with their home made strawberry mousse .
She had the salmon which she liked but the mushroom on quinoa was too much to finish. Washed down with an excellent camomile tea that was made in France. I had a small pizza which , interesting enough came with a salad thrown on top? Unusual. But nonetheless quite good. It was simply lots of tomatos and goat cheese on a thin crust pizza. AS i said, tasty. The salad on top could have used a bit more dressing. It may have been only a decoration, but since it was there, i ate it , treating it like a salad. I'd never seen a pizza with a salad on top. But that may be because I am too proletariat.
My coffee was superb, to finish off our lunch. 55 including a 10 tip was to be expected.
I didn't let her linger among the "goods" to be savored at that store and we ejected ourselves back to safety.
Maybe when i win the lotto we can smooze around there in that rarefied air.