Saison's latest incarnation, but unexpected emergencies forced a weekend closure of their new space. Fortunately, their helpful front-of-house staff rebooked us at Coi for the evening - one can certainly think of worse contingencies.
We were seated in the dining area that occupies their (much-missed) former lounge, a strangely organic mix of dark wood and shag pillows. It is loud - the tables are spaced a little too closely for my linking, but c'est la vie. Choices were minimal - still or sparkling water, and would you like the wine pairing? We placed ourselves in their hands for the 11-course tasting menu. Sweet surrender.
|Rice crackers, avocado cream|
|"Earth and Sea"|
Tofu coagulated in seawater, geoduck, kale purée, oxalis flowers
|"Beets marinated with native spices"|
Wild herbs, Meyer lemon curd
|Inverted fromage blanc tart|
Roots, preserved blood lime
|New olive oil|
Brassicas, charred onion broth
|Young carrots roasted in hay|
|Monterey Bay abalone, garum with squid ink|
Grains, fresh seaweed, turnip
|Oil-poached and grilled grass-fed veal|
Chicories, caper berry, Seville orange
|Frozen lime marshmallow, coal-toasted meringue|
|Oro blanco, buttermilk-ginger sorbet, epazote|
|Spiced baba cake|
373 Broadway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (415) 393-9000