The world of three Michelin starred restaurants got a little bigger yesterday with the inclusion of Benu and Saison in the three star category of the San Francisco Michelin guide.
The two establishments join a small group of restaurants that lay claim to the much coveted three stars and now sit alongside local greats like The French Laundry and The Restaurant at Meadowood.
For those who don’t know anything about the latest restaurants to gain three stars, below you can find a selection of pics from both places.
First up is Benu which was opened in 2010 by chef Corey Lee, a graduate of The French Laundry. Lee mixes Asian, American and European flavours with modern techniques with stand out dishes like his 1000 year old qual’s egg with potage and ginger (seen above). Lee plays with ingredients from the ocean with eel, sea cucumber, sweet shrimps and oysters, appearing on tasting menus alongside pork belly, foi gras filled dumplings and mock shark fins.
Saison is a French style restaurant that was picked as this year’s One to Watch on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The story of Saison’s rise from weekly pop-up restaurant to arguably one of the best restaurants in the U.S. is nothing short of impressive. Now chef Joshua Skenes has received the top Michelin accolade for his highly creative menu combining the wonderfully rich taste of an open wood fire with the freshest fish kept live in tanks inside the restaurant.
Pigeon roasted with acacia hony and foie gras