Over the holidays, Chris & I decided to treat ourselves to a delicious meal at Benu (ben-oo) in San Francisco.

This was truly one of the best dining experiences I’ve had (thus far). We opted to try the tasting menu with the pairing. The entire staff was knowledgeable on every detail from the drinks down to designers of their serving pieces.

Chef Corey Lee reinterprets Asian cuisine in the most amazing way. There seems to be much play with the sweet and savory aspects of food. I really appreciated the thought of using multiple dishes with a particular drink so that we could differentiate the flavors and understand how they interact with each other. Their plating was done in such a thoughtful manner. Much thanks to Chris for resisting the urge to instantly devour the food to take photos. Everything was great, but these dishes shined the most.

Thousand-year-old quail egg, potage, ginger

Oyster, pork belly, kimchi (made into a thin wrap)

Jasmine chicken with dates (my most favorite dish)

Foie gras xiao long bao

Fresh noodles, shrimp roe, tarragon, veal jus

Beef braised in pear, beech mushroom, sunflower seeds and leaves

If you want to treat someone out to something really really really nice, this is definitely the way to go. Level up on food.


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i’m so jealous vy… i made reservations to this place while i was back in sf but will talked me out of it and talked me into saosin… but saosin’s menu was not at all veg friendly…

i’m so glad you enjoyed it… i will look forward to it for my next visit.

HuongP added these pithy words on Jan 11 12 at 1:07 am

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