Address: 22 Hawthorne Street at Howard, SOMA, SF
Phone Number: (415) 685-4860
Date Last Visited: August 20, 2010
Dining Partner: Bub
Bub took me to dinner at benu in SF for our 6-year-8-month-3-day anniversary. On our 6-year-8-month-anniversary on the 17th, we attended Lady Gaga's concert in San Jose. We were doing it big this month.
I was so excited to try Chef Corey Lee's new restaurant. You may know that Chef Lee used to be the French Laundry's chef de cuisine. We're going to do this a little bit different. I am not going to add any commentary after each dish. Why? I want you to try the restaurant out yourself. People who went to benu before me told me I would be blown away. They were right. I was literally speechless after each first bite of each course. Flavors are refined, yet distinct. Each dish is well-thought out. There is a reason why each ingredient is placed on the plate. All I can say is: phenomenal.
Please forgive the pictures. My camera chose to malfunction during dinner, so we had to make use of our camera phones!
Without further ado, our a la carte dinner at benu:
my favorite dish of the night
star anise, red wine, butter
banana ice cream, Bourbon caramel, ginger
Thank you, Bub, for such a memorable dinner. Love you.