My husband and I went for the 12-course tasting with my sister and another couple. We are reasonably food-savvy, but not critic-level stuffy about it. We mostly want it to taste good and look pretty, and (in this case) be entirely innovative and unlike anything we'd ever had before. SUMMARY: We liked it for a one-time experience and will probably try another well-rated restaurant in the area next time we're back. If you're into well-prepared, tiny food with meta-concepts applied to the design and plating, and you're willing to dine for a minimum of 3.5 hours and accept Michelin-star prices, this place is for you.
THE FOOD. A look at the website will show you that the chef is all about using tiny vegetables, micro-greens, and equally small portions. That's okay - we left full and satisfied after our 3.5 hour dining experience. The turbot fish was the most well-prepared piece of fish I've ever had, the filet mignon made me rethink giving up on that particular cut of meat for its lack of flavor, and the caviar dish was complex and familiar in a way that was absolutely delicious and somewhat difficult to believe (really, it tasted like Fritos... in a good way). Most of us were not fond of the mushroom dish, but my husband loved the wasabi aioli served with it. Of the 12 dishes, most were a hit with the group. One of our dining companions was very interested in exactly what we were eating and method of preparation, which gave us an added level of scientific knowledge about our meal. Best beverage was the Yuzu-ade (it had us suddenly looking for yuzu all over SF), second to their take on a Kir Royale, where the cassis juice is served as a popsicle in the flute. Wine pairing was fine, but if you're shy about the price and not shy about sharing, each pour is plenty for a companion to take a sip or two.
THE PLACE. The table-side presentations were fun, although our server seemed a bit too stiff and rote, and the furnishings in each dining space are geared toward making the food look outstanding. We had a table enclosed by curtains, and it appeared that most of the dining spaces were similarly intimate. Lighting was focused on the table, which was dressed with white, and all the plates were white except for the table art glass "chargers" that we sat down to (which were removed before the first course) and the tray that our last bite came on (also art glass, carrying little tarts). Being a louder group, it was nice to have the semi-private dining space. It also prevented us from seeing courses delivered to other tables before we'd made it to that point in the meal.
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