I recently moved from NYC to the SF area and want to start indulging in the great restaurants of the Bay Area.
I tried Gary Danko last week, an did the 5 courses with wine pairing option and had a great time. My personal favorites included the wonderously rich foie gras paired with the sweet and tart carmalized figs and raspberries. The lobster risotto was perhaps the best dish of the evening. The creamy risotto and the sweet lobster were accented by fresh pea shoots. Seared branzini with tomatoes and saffron was excellent with a light 2001 Shiraz. Roasted maine lobster with chanterelles and cream was yet another standout. As for desserts, both the perfectly prepared chocolate souffle and the chocolate hazelnut marquise were excellent. Misses included the lobster salad with melon and thai mango dressing (too busy and no harmony) and the meat and game dishes in general. The ambivalent attitude towards the meat and game dishes might be peronal bias though. While I love good meat and game, I just don't find meat and game dishes at fine restaurants to be as fun and versatile as the fish dishes.
Anyways, so back to my question...now that I've tried Gary Danko, what now? Masa is in a lull (since the departure of Siegel), The Dining Room at the Ritz seems too stuffy as does Fleur De Lys. Micheal Mina seems ill received. Any suggestions?
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