Saison – two guys
Ambition, so much ambition, but that is not enough. Talent, lots of talent and perfected skills, but it is still not enough. Unless you are a millionaire, you also need investors if you like to have a top restaurant in San Francisco. Chef Patron Joshua Skenes and Wine Director Mark Bright have all that it takes to create a true top destination for all food lovers. Two guys with a remarkable set of skills and talents who dare to do their own thing loaded with integrity, and who are a perfect example of the next generation of super talents.
Yes, Joshua Skenes and Mark Bright have just started their journey towards culinary stardom and their presence will stay for a very long time ahead so lots and lots of wonderful gourmet experiences to look forward to. The team at Saison stretches themselves to the limit, to deliver you the best possible time spent either in their intimate dining room of just 18 seats or at the Chef’s counter. You can start your dinner alfresco style in a setting centred by a Molteni stove. Chef Patron Skenes bases most of his culinary philosophy upon open fire cooking perfectly mixed with modern techniques. The Chef’s cooking communicates directly with all your senses and offers both a back to basic touch with the open fire style, but at the same time you will experience a unique and daring style nowhere else to be found.
The menu is changed daily, and you can expect an American fare with lots of French and Japanese touches and techniques. The wood pigeon with outstanding poultry from Sonoma is a good example of exactly how incredibly talented Chef Skenes is. His way of moving effortlessly between seafood, poultry and meat is impressive and together with Mark, they are the perfect team. You will have daring combinations and beverage pairings where only the creativeness sets the limit. A foie gras dish with chocolate may be served in the middle of the tasting menu together with a German complex lager which sounds completely wrong, but makes it all right in the hands of Joshua and Mark. These two guys with the little extra so few others have on top of the mandatory talents and skills.
The bold and fascinating flavours of Chef Patron Joshua Skenes are something you must experience and a trip to San Francisco has never been that essential before. Chef Skenes and Wine Director Bright give you something to always look forward to. You have no idea what it is going to be, but rest assured that it is going to be something truly fantastic.
Saison scored 87 points of 100 points in our rating system. View our Top 60 of the world. Back to the reviews.
Published: April 24, 2012
178 Townsend Street
San Francisco, California 94107
Phone: +1 415 828 7990