Saison, No Longer in the Mission, Grows Up

 

Ah, well, we felt Saison was doing just fine here in the Mission at its Folsom street location behind the Stable, but it left us in 2013 to a place near AT&T park.  Michael Bauer reviewed it today and gave it four (out of four) Bauer stars.   Here’s his review.  We’ve reposted our video by  from 2011 when Michelin gave it two stars.  It remained at two (out of three) Michelin stars this year.  From Bauer:

 

And, believe me, it’s much more than that. Skenes and his crew create a unique ballet of flavors and textures, coaxing unexpected nuances from the ingredients.

On my recent return visit, we decided to go with the less expensive $248 menu. And, instead of choosing from the extensive wine list – it’s grown so much that co-owner Mark Bright has separate leather binders for the whites and the reds – or for ordering the course-by-course wine pairings (an additional $248), we asked the sommelier to select a few wines for matching. His choices went brilliantly with the food.

Shortly after we were seated, the waiter – they are all in suits – poured a splash of Krug Champagne, followed by warm towels for the hands. Then, explaining that Skenes likes to start his meals with tea, he brought out a white cylindrical cup of Meyer lemon and Douglas fir honey infusion with a raffia string hanging down the side tied to a bouquet of herbs balanced on the rim. We dunked it into the pale yellow liquid, sat back and began to enjoy the ride. READ THE FULL REVIEW

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