I recently dined at both restaurants on back-to-back nights and can definitively, without a doubt, state that é is the better restaurant. Every single dish was perfection. Every bite was a revelation.
If I had to state why the meal is so incredible, it would be that the painstaking, time-consuming techniques needed to create each dish, and the presentation of each, never got in the way of the actual food. You get the sense that they have figured out how to best capture exactly the taste they want you to experience, and then delivered on that precisely. Not a drop more sauce on your plate than required.
At Twist, I got the sense that technique and presentation were dictating the food. Too much sauce, too much technique, too much experimentation for experimentation's sake. Had I gone to Twist without having just been to é, I probably would have enjoyed my meal and felt comfortable recommending it to friends who are "advanced eaters." However, since I had just gone to é, I was disappointed and couldn't stop thinking about how much better our meal the previous night was and what a genius Jose Andres is.
é is truly a remarkable restaurant, with impeccable service, jaw-droppingly delicious food and flawless presentation. If you can get in, you must go.
What's the best Prix Fixe on a Sunday in San Francisco?
Any other ideas?
Any thoughts on Jardiniere losing its Michelin star? Still worth the price?
Also, note, I'm already going to Chez Panisse...
Any thoughts on which is a better meal for a special, romantic dinner for two, if we're looking at San Francisco Vietnamese restaurants?
Any better ideas?