So you might have heard that I recently quit my job to
If I've never been to a city, I usually choose 1 "big" meal that is considered one of the city's best, and hopefully represents the place, then bounce around more budget friendly and equally interesting places later. (By places, I mean eating places - it shouldn't surprise that food is my primary concern, right?). Top of my list for San Francisco were Coi and Manresa (thanks Francis Lam). I know Manresa isn't in central SF, but it was going to be on the way - I would be driving down the coast after SF. Unfortunately the day I was driving out was a Monday, so Coi it was. I managed to get a reservation a few weeks ahead on Opentable for a 9pm reservation, and given our jetlagged state, it was perfect.
We started with the California Bowl - rice crisps, avocado puree and mung bean sprouts. An apt name for not just this dish, but perhaps the entire meal. Local ingredients are the order of the day.
|Kome Kome Shu|
|Terra Levea Assyrtiko, a Greek white|
|Bruno Colin Maranges 2009 - Burgundy|
If only all the dishes were so balanced - but then again, I don't want to complain. Indeed, I found the sour/yogurt strain a little overdone/persistent, but I like what they're doing, and if I were a hippy I'd say I like their vibe.
I also read later that they have 2 Michelin stars. Now, I'm no Michelin inspector, and if the recent New Yorker article was anything to go by, I can see why - the cooking is masterful. If you're talking precise use of techniques, then yes, it's there and then some. By no means is Coi a "concept" restaurant (urgh) but they certainly have a philosophy and it happens to be a great one.
* I later found that Coi's restaurant manager looked me up on LinkedIn - I don't know if that had anything do to with the extra free tastes of alcohol and getting to meet the chef (albeit briefly, and largely unbeknownst to me at the time because I didn't do my research on what the chef looks like! I am on holiday after all!
P.S. I do apologise about the (lack of) white balance. The rest of the photos from the trip should be better given that I can actually sleep at night now.
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