Saison 2nd visit — San Francisco (4/2013)



My first visit to Saison was almost a year ago.  I decided I needed to pay another visit soon after they reopened in a new location with a new format (hence the version 2.0).  I was really looking forward to the meal as my past visit was one of my favorite food experiences.  Last time, I had signed up for the Chef’s Counter experience, which was about 22 courses with wine pairings.  For this visit, there was just one menu option (although you can eat at the bar with an abbreviated menu) with a choice of taking the wine parings or not.

The new space is very open, with a large open kitchen, high ceilings and original brickwork.  They only seat 18 for dinner, although it is done in shifts.

When I arrived, they were not ready to seat me yet, so I sat in the bar and looked at the drink offerings.  There were separate menus for wine and for specialty cocktails. 

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Saison — San Francisco (5/2012)



Saison has gone from a pop-up restaurant to a two-star Michelin establishment in two years.  The focus is fire and ember cooking, cutting-edge techniques and local-sourced ingredients.  It is located in a non-descript industrial part of the city, away from downtown towards the Mission.  Since I was not traveling this holiday weekend, I decided to take a food journey instead.  It was quite a journey.  The restaurant is small.  The menu is created daily and is a set sequence of dishes (I believe about 10+).  They are all small plates.  It’s not a molecular cuisine restaurant.  However, the chef uses some of the techniques, not as gimmicks, but as a means to add the right amount of flavor and texture to the dish.  You can also opt to sit at one of the four Chef’s Counter seats, located on the other side of the kitchen.  For the price, your look directly into the kitchen and receive 20+ courses, plus wine pairings (tax and tip are also included and are paid with the reservation).  That was the journey I chose.  


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