Benu **

We feast with our eyes first.

A thoughtful journey, an experience that delicately touched my palate. From the moment you set foot inside, you are addressed by name.  A menu is prepared personally for you. Asian fusion kitchen collaboration at its finest.

While I enjoyed the tasting menu throughout, my top three favorite bite dishes were; 1. Oyster, pork belly, kimchi 2. Eel, feuille de brick, creme fraiche 3. Fresh and dried yuba, almond, white chocolate

It was fun. I learned a great deal. The staff was knowledgeable, cordial and functional. I even had a couple of laughs. The attention to detail was flawless, like the air it was natural. It’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed such a well executed experience from a two star Michelin restaurant.

Notable(s): For the past three years, Benu has received two Michelin Stars.

The restaurant is housed in a historic building in the heart of the San Francisco’s SOMA district.

http://www.benusf.com/

Address: 22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Please proceed to feast your eyes.

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Located before entering the restaurant are herbs and floral accessories to be used during your dining experience.
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The kitchen view from outside.

 

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A sneak peak of part of the dining area. There seems to be two sections of seating arrangements in this ample space.
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Customized and thoughtful menu sealed with a signature magnet that you may take home at the end of your meal.

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Thousand-year old quail egg, potage, ginger

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Braised abalone with toasted grain jelly
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Oyster, pork belly, kimchi – Kimchi broth, pressurized gelatin sheet, pork belly powder separator
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Eel, feuille de brick, creme fraiche
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Anchovy, celery, peanut They call the acrylic holder, the transformer and for good reason too. The next few presentations were plated on this unique piece. Pay attention to the photos to follow and how each time it’s been moved to hold the tasting bite.
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Homemade sunflower tofu
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XO sausage with basil curd
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Beggar’s purse of treasures from the oak
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Salt and pepper squid
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Ginseng orange honey drizzled on butter with bread
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Wild bamboo fungi and shoots, chicken, cabbage
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Shad roe, bacon, horseradish, spring vegetables
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Pig’s head with lentil hozon and bonji
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Lobster coral xiao long bao
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Whole baby sea bream, spring onion, lily bulb, aged tangerine peel
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Roasted quail, lam kok olive, dandelion, walnut, mustard
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Beef braised in pear juice with oyster plants




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“Shark’s fin soup” – Crab, egg white, Jinhua ham
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Sake lees sherbet, strawberry, nastrutium
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Fresh and dried yuba, almond, white chocolate
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Complimentary celebration cake – This tasted exactly like “White Rabbit” candy. This came by surprise. 😉 I can’t tell you how, you just need to go there and experience it.
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Finishing chocolates – ganche and caramel
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The kitchen from inside

 

Embrace each moment of the day and make it the best day ever! My experiences shared with you!

One thought on “Benu **

  • June 8, 2014 at 6:01 am
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    Speechless!! The pictures and your captions says it all!! Okay, one word…WOW!! Thanks for sharing your experience! Can’t wait to try it!

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