saison X 2

my last post ended with me mentioning that i’ve been into plants.  funny, because SW says it’s starting to look like a greenhouse here…he’s  kidding of course!  anyhow, with that in mind, surprisingly he came back yesterday with this fancy assortment of flowers (yes, more plant life!)

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and this lil guy…

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he thought it was so unique looking (and bc i’ve been into cactus + succulents), he knew i’d get a kick out of it!  I must admit, it does look pretty cool and is quite colorful!

then it was off to bday dinner @

Saison

178 Townsend Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

http://www.saisonsf.com

I’ve mentioned Saison a few times previously:

saison & cost of Saison, explained by Chef Josh

but was looking forward to going for the 2nd time.  The restaurant moved close by home recently, and because it’d been long enough since the first time we went for SW’s bday last year, the menu would be different!  A whole new experience 🙂

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Chef Josh in the open kitchen. We got the first table and a good view. It was ‘almost’ like the chef’s table again!

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a little bubbly to start, and then an ‘aperitif’ with soda, smoked pineapple & sage

and then the courses begin to come…

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“custard, grilled turnip, sea urchin & gold flakes”
nice way to begin the meal!

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“reserve osetra caviar, corn pudding, tomato gelee”
yumm..caviar and corn

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“striped jack, cherry blossom”

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“live scallop, avocado, lily”

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interior of the scallop

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“king salmon roe”
they appeared to be ‘floating’

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“king salmon, vichysoisse”

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“abalone, roasted over the embers”
soupy and the green piece on the right was slightly crunchy and similar to a succulent.

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“sungold tomatoes, safflower oil, grilled tomatillo consomme”

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“melon, fermented meton skin, coconut, proscuitto”

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chilled soup and coconut cream added

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“spot prawn, swarnadwipa spices, yogurt, lime”
what a pretty plate!

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i really enjoyed the thai-styled broth and bits of tartness

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yummy warm bread

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“60 day lamb, slow grilled nightshades + eggplant”
i usually don’t like lamb, and was a bit weary eating raw lamb, but I actually really liked this one surprisingly, especially with the eggplant.  the flavors went very well together.

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“brassicas, toasted grains, wild seaweed bouillon”

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“duck liver, toffee, bread, milk, beer”

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“wood pigeon, shiitake mushroom, boudin, warm spices, dates, coffee”

and then it was time for some sweets…

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“raspberry, meyer lemon, basil buds”

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“buckwheat souffle & buckwheat ice cream” + an extra little bday treat for me

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“sourdough gelato”

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“truffles, earl grey macaroons & sesame cake”

and of course, i asked for a copy of the evening’s menu!

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this time, we were smart and asked to share a wine pairing.  This was great because we got to really enjoy the food, and remember it afterwards!

i was so stuffed by the end, but the experience was both awesome and memorable!

i had a wonderful time, because i got to share it with my best friend SW!

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