Looking to take a visitor out for a tasting menu in the SF city limits. I want a true tasting menu a la French Laundry and Manresa but without the distance (did both TFL and Manresa in December, would love a meal with food, service, and atmosphere as close to those as possible). Person does not eat meat, but eats seafood and loves vegetables. I eat everything. Currently have reservations in Feb at the Dining Room b/c of Siegel, his reputation of customizing to individual diners...ideally I would like us to have different meals. And the atmosphere. But given the turmoil over at the Ritz, I am hesitant to go now.
Question is should I stay w/the Ritz or are there recommendations elsewhere?
I've read that Fleur de Lys is having service issues, so their veg menu does not tempt me right now for this special birthday occasion. My only other ideas are:
1. Michael Mina's where they could get the veg menu and I could get regular
2. Making no-meat course requests at Coi, Ame, or Aqua since they seem to be mostly seafood anyways (would these accommodate single-diner requests like that?). Though I don't think our meals would be that different at Aqua or Ame.
Comparisons between MM, Coi, Ame, Aqua or any others appreciated!
*Note: person is in town for 4 days. Just so people don't suggest it, was already planning on doing a dinner at Millennium or Aziza another night (if you had to pick one, is Aziza's food better/more unique?). Was also going to do a Friday lunch at either Aqua or Ame, depending on where the tasting menu dinner was.