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Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

I am a huge fan of Top Chef and Top Chef Masters in the US, but unfortunately the food there was very bland and not very flavorful. The exception was the pasta dish, pic below, actually pretty good.

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

If you ever have a chance to go to El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, do so by all means. Jordi Roca is the pastry chef and... OMG. I had 4 desserts on my last visit, a couple years ago now.

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

You are totally right, I forgot to report back! :)

I did a lot more walking around the city than I was expecting to because the weather was so nice, so I did mostly street food for breakfast and lunch.

For dinner, I ended up doing Saison, Crenn and Jardiniere (last one not my choice, it was a work related dinner).

Saison I absolutely loved it. It is now one of my favourite restaurants in the world, and definitely my favourite one in the US (although I haven't been to Alinea). I did the long menu and I was there a good 4 hours on my own. Not bored one single second. To sum it up, I felt I was eating the whole ocean. Desserts can probably be improved and the meat dish doesn't make much sense for me in a place like that, although I understand some people will not feel a menu is complete without it. But it was a truly amazing experience.

Crenn I liked it but I wasn't sold. It's a place I would go to if I was in SF often, but I wouldn't travel to the city just for it. The food was very good but it lacked a bit of the OMG factor. I don't think I felt that for any dish. Here I did the shorter menu; the experience might be different if you do the long one. The price is very reasonable for what you get.

Jardiniere I don't have much to say. The only thing I liked was the non-alcoholic signature cocktail.

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

Not very good insiders, if I may :)

I was there a couple weeks ago for my birthday. Their current menu is stellar.

Dinner Report, Ten Con Ten, 23 April 2014 [Madrid]

I find your review quite accurate and I have eaten there quite a bit because my office used to be nearby.

May 30, 2014
ClarisaDoval in Spain/Portugal

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

Not exactly. I just talked to them and they will close around august, 15th and reopen around september, 23rd (still to be confirmed). They are definitely open right now and still have a few weeks to go until they move to their new location.

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

Thats perfect. I will definitely give it a try. I might wake up very early due to jet lag anyways.

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

Try to plan in advance and make a reservation for DiverXO, that is the most exciting experience at the moment. Right now it is pretty impossible to get a reservation, but they are moving to a bigger location in a few weeks.

Also, pretty amazing Mexican food at PuntoMX and Japanese with a twist at Kabuki.

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

Madrid has an amazing food scene these days, you might wanna consider jumping there for a couple of days, very short flight from Barcelona, although depending on the exact dates some places might be closed for holidays.

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

In Little Griddle, would you recommend any particular burger?

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

omg, I just saw the burger pictures from Little Griddle and started salivating.

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

On Tuesday I am pretty much free, so it wouldn't be a problem to wander further out. What time would be considered "on the earlier side"? I hate waiting.

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

Those breakfast recommendations sound amazing. All noted. What is your opinion of Plow? I know it's not exactly in the area, but heard the egg sandwich and the potatoes are worth the detour.

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

What did you think of Dinner? I am going in a few weeks.

Thanks a lot for the recommendation, the more I read, the more I am leaning towards Crenn. Do they have a dress code, btw?

I am pretty familiar with the Spanish good restaurants, so let me know if you need any hints for your next trip.

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

Thanks a lot for your feedback!

Let me try to elaborate a bit more.

I am living in France, but I am originally from Spain. I love pretty much all kinds of food and usually when I travel I try to find experiences that are different from what I have experienced already. And although I have been to SF before, my last few visits were centered mostly about mid range places.

I will be there from Monday to Friday, and the only commitments I have are for lunch on Thursday and Friday, anything else I will be venturing out to eat and probably on my own most of the time.

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

Definitely a fair question and I would love to hear your recommendation for a different direction.

Had it been somewhere where I travelled more frequently I wouldn't have even considered doing 2, but I haven't been to SF in quite a while and have been reading so many amazing things about those restaurants that I have to admit I am very curious to judge by myself.

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

Dear friends at Chow,

I am travelling from France to SF in June for a Conference and I have dinner reservations (solo dinner) for Saison on Tuesday. I am trying to choose something for either Wednesday or Thursday and have more or less narrowed it down to either Coi or Crenn... Any advice? am I completely wrong and should go in a different direction?

Also, any recommendations for breakfast around Union Square Park would be greatly appreciated, in case I have enough free time to go out a bit in the morning :)

Last minute Sushi Manhattan (Soho or West Village)

Any suggestions for dinner tonight from fellow Chowhounders? We had to cancel our dinner plans, are staying around Soho and would like something light for dinner... so we thought sushi might be our best bet.

Thanks a lot in advance!

Apr 22, 2014
ClarisaDoval in Manhattan

Best pancakes in Manhattan?

Ouch. Hope you are all doing alright over there, even if the material losses are terrible.

Nov 20, 2012
ClarisaDoval in Manhattan

Best pancakes in Manhattan?

Is this because of Sandy?

Nov 19, 2012
ClarisaDoval in Manhattan

Best pancakes in Manhattan?

We are going to be there for a bit over a week, so we might try to go to Clinton on a weekday (we are closer to it) and if cramped, then try Community Food.

Nov 19, 2012
ClarisaDoval in Manhattan

Best pancakes in Manhattan?

We do have pancakes, but they are really not the same; no flavor, no fluffiness, no buttermilk.

Nov 19, 2012
ClarisaDoval in Manhattan

Best pancakes in Manhattan?

Hello everyone!

I am visiting with my husband next month and we would like to get some good buttermilk pancakes while we are there, since we cannot eat them in Spain.

Any advice? :)

Nov 17, 2012
ClarisaDoval in Manhattan