Coi, San Francisco, 3/4/15

Coi exterior
Coi exterior

A return to Coi proved to be a good choice. They have improved their dining room to a warmer interior but their service is just as friendly and fun. They serve a tasting menu an offer pairings however we chose to order our own wines. They started everyone with puffed rice crackers and a totally creamy avocado spread. The egg yolk, served in smoked olive oil was a mild taste but all the ingredients blended very nicely.

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Saison, San Francisco, 3/13/15

IMG_1633What a place, what a meal! We were going to try their new chef’s counter but the Sous Chef was injured and so Joshua Skenes had to be in the main kitchen. However on Fri and Sat nights all eat the Discovery tasting menu so it was none-the-less an over the top menu. We opted to not have their wine pairing and instead Mark Bright, co-owner and wine guy, chose several half bottles to accompany things and then through in several glasses of stuff we ‘just had to try.’

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Lazy Bear, San Francisco, 3/12/15

Exterior
Exterior

A dining event! This place started as a dinner party in the chef David Barzelay’s home in 2009 and grew so popular it made sense to become a regular venue and thus the physical restaurant opened in Sept of 2014. He wants to recreate the feel of being at a friend’s dinner party with folks encouraged to interact with one another as well as the many chefs in the open kitchen. It starts in the balcony area of the large room where you may buy cocktails or wine but everybody is welcomed with a cup of punch and the waiters are good about bringing around water. We visited with a couple that was on their 3rd visit and several other first-timers. It was a comfortable setting with tidbits being passed by waiters except for the heat factor, which affected the second story more.

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