Where in San Francisco would you go for a tasting menu that serves simple, recognizable food?
I've been to Campton Place and enjoyed the five-course tasting menu. The food was full-flavored and served elegantly by a professional wait staff. Portions were more than a one or two bite serving and highlighted the Chef's ability to transform simple ingredients with delicate spicing.
Quince, while using high-quality ingredients, was a little too precious for me. A fine-dining experience, which was ultimately unsatisfying (to me) as nothing was particularly memorable two days later. (OK, the serving dishes were wonderful but I can't quite remember what was on them.)
I am looking for an interesting experience with food that isn't overly fussy. In looking at the menu at Saison, Benu, Atelier Crenn, FL, etc., there are too many items that don't interest me.
I understand that it is my limitations that cause me to feel that way, but, that's who I am.
I'm happy to spend $150 pp (without wine pairing) but don't want to go much higher.