Eating at one of America’s most expensive restaurants is a dream that not everybody gets to fulfil. That’s why when imgur user, Hoptail managed to get a seat at the second most expensive restaurant in America they decided to share it with foodies all over the world by posting it to their account and the internet couldn’t be more thankful!
Hoptail started the post by saying, “So I got sent to San Francisco for work and I always make a habit of visiting the best restaurants when I travel. I’m not well-off by any means – I’m a college student. But I love good food and I save up for this shit. So please enjoy living vicariously through these photos of my dinner for 1 at Saison.” Thank you for sharing with us Hoptail! Let’s take a look at the food!
Let’s start with the tea that Hoptail couldn’t get enough of, “This was, no joke, the most heavenly tea I’ve ever had in my life and could quite cheerfully drink this every day until I died. It was only supposed to accompany one course but I requested that it be replenished throughout the evening. All 4 hours of it. Each little bushel had douglas fir, yarrow, chamomile, lemon balm, anise and hyssop all picked fresh from the restaurant farm and steeped in hot meyer lemon water. Damn delightful.”
Then we moved onto some greens. “Up next, baby spinach, roasted kelp cooked in clarified butter (compliments of their jersey cow Bella) and topped with proprietary caviar – some specific type that you can only have there. Can’t tell you how buttery and melty this all was. Even though all the textures were super different, they came together so smoothly.”
Then there was a fish course. “Turbot fish – 2 ways. Sashimi was amazing. I don’t want to sound like an idiot using stupid gastronomic buzzwords, but the “mouthfeel” (nerrrrr) was like the most tender, buttery squid you’ve ever had in your life. I shed tears knowing that I’d peaked and would never experience better raw fish after this moment. The second preparation was grilled with a light soy glaze. Came with little heirloom tomatoes and some sort of deepfried flower. Was nice.”
Unfortunately, Hoptail didn’t enjoy the next dish, which was Geoduck, as much as the others. “Honestly, it wasn’t that good. Just kind of chewy and the marinade was super overwhelming I couldn’t actually taste the meat. This is actually 3 separate parts of the clam – the siphon (the freakish long, sticky-outty part of the clam), the abductor muscle and I think the inside bit.”
Things were back on track for the next dish. “This was, hands down, my favourite course. Fresh sea urchin (uni) on grilled bread that was basted in a sauce made of the offcuts of the bread. Like a bread confit.. Idk – it was awesome. I’ve never had sea urchin before, it was SUPER creamy.. like the butter of the sea. So amazingly fresh and the sauce in the bread was incredible. Definitely my favourite.”
Next was a slightly underwhelming looking radish dish. “They used every part of the radish to make this dish. That’s sliced radish on top (again from their farm) with Bella’s clarified butter.”
But wait, there’s more! “Underneath there was a sort of radish jelly vinegar reduction, the radish tops and cubes of marinated radish. It was actually super fresh and tart and a really good transition from the richness of the previous course.”
Heads up pumpkin lovers, this dish is going to be your new favourite. “This is roasted pumpkin – 3 ways. The first to the left is kind of like agedashi tofu except it’s torn roast pumpkin topped with octopus flakes. Was actually super nice.”
And the second pumpkin dish was even better! “Second preparation was pumpkin hung over their in-house fire and slow roasted for like 8 hours with a buttermilk cream. Caramelisation was incredible.”