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As one of San Francisco’s top-rated restaurants, Saison has grown from a pop-up shop into one of the city’s top fine dining spots. After being awarded two Michelin stars this year, Saison has announced it will be leaving its current location in the Mission to move to a new space in the South of Market (SoMA) district.
Last year Saison offered the most expensive tasting menu in San Francisco and according to The Huffington Post, it is now in the process of moving to an upgraded space to continue to treat the palates of its refined guests.
Executive Chef Joshua Skenes told the San Francisco Business Times, “I always wanted a place with complete transparency, where there were literally no walls between kitchen and dining room. The stove, the refrigeration, the hearth, the bar, everything is completely open throughout the space.”
According to Skenes, the new space will have seating for 30 guests and the hope is to create an atmosphere where “diners can feel like they are in the middle of the kitchen” as their food is being prepared.
Saison is French for “season”, a word that the restaurant’s website notes “represents their commitment to honoring the best of each season”. They offer one menu nightly and no substitutions are allowed. Most of the ingredients at Saison are local and wild, including from their very own garden and the price of the nightly menu is “dependent on the price of ingredients”. They also offer a “Chef’s Counter”, for those seeking a culinary adventure. The luxurious menus consists of approximately 20 courses, served inside the kitchen and guests are asked to allow around three hours to enjoy.
That sense of being inside the kitchen is about to take on a whole new meaning as Saison upgrades to their new space in SoMa.
“Honest cooking is a beautiful thing to watch. It’s a great feeling when you go in a place and see something simmering on the stove and all the sights and sounds of the kitchen. I want it to feel like you’re coming into someone’s home, because this is my home,” Skenes told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Saison will reportedly finishing the month in its current location and open in the new space around mid-December.
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