I've been to the lovely SF in the past and did Slanted door and Foreign Cinema and Bar Tartine & the st. regis lobby bar .and some pizza joint .. I liked bar tartine's food the best. This time, not sure where to go, but not touristy & tacky PLEASE! I need a real expert of both food and design. Some worldwide faves include Scarpetta in NYC, Morimoto NYC, Top of the standard nyc for bar, Joe Beef Montreal, Les 400 Coups Montreal, Baldwin Barmacie Montreal, NAOE sushi in Miami, Frank in Toronto Canada, Origin in Toronto, and intimate retro or funky spots. The design is important - not into the french provincial look... Love rustic / edgy / industrial / kitchy / minimal / good use of light and materials is always always appreciated. Any neighbourhood gems?
Some other notes:
- We are in our 30's (one is 39 + 2).
- one of us is a minimalist architect and this is a big factor - ambience is important to us - sometimes over food actually.
- wondering about napa's morimoto - loved NYC morimoto, so this may be the frontrunner right now.
- wondering about the following: Bar Agricole / Canteen / Flour + Water / Local Mission / Moonraker (is it bad ?- tell me!) / Naked Fish / Morimoto / RN74 / Waterbar for drinks & oysters & view for someone who hasn't been to SF.
Really need some good suggestions. Love all kinds of food (honestly - all kinds), and aren't into the uber snooty spots where your avg venture capitalist type goes *at all* :)
THANK YOU San Francisco! Toronto loves you!!!