Where can you find the first female chef in US to receive a two Michelin star restaurant? Well, where else but San Francisco, a foodie town that is only rivaled by NYC in US (in my humble opinion). I'm so happy for Dominique Crenn. I remember tasting her food at Luce restaurant at Intercontinental hotel in SF. The restaurant was not packed at all. I was a bit surprised since I thought the food was quite good. It had received one Michelin star for god's sakes! Then last year, I went to Atelier Crenn. I just remember the food to be delectable.
The experience of eating there was very unique to say the least. It felt like I was taken into a story book and going through a journey.... almost like Alice in Wonderland. Sounds really odd but if you have eaten at this restaurant, I'm sure you would agree with me. This restaurant doesn't really have a menu per se....you get a poem instead. And each line of the poem corresponds to a dish. It's just kinda odd and quirky. The waiters come and sometimes they squirt scent onto your food in front of you and sometimes they bring you a log (literally a real wooden log with bark attached) with food on top..... and if you get lucky, you may even get a bonsai with your food. Like I said, it's all very Alice in Wonderland-ish. Is it over the top? Some may say yes. But in my eyes, it's just another way for Dominique to express her art.
Atelier Crenn received its second Michelin star yesterday. I would call and make a reservation ASAP as no doubt their opentable slots are filling up as I type.
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