Michael Mina, San Francisco
San Francisco , California
Tel: 415 397 9222
Concierge.com's insider take:
In 2010, chef Michael Mina moved his namesake restaurant from the St. Francis hotel to the Financial District space formerly occupied by Aqua, the eatery where Mina first made his name. He completely reinvented the menu, and the space. Gone are the twice-draped linens, fancy crystal, and hotel-plate silver. In their place is a Japanese aesthetic with exposed walnut tables and just a few massive sprays of tree branches arcing to the ceiling of the cavernous dining room. Mina still incorporates luxury ingredients, though, such as foie gras, lobster, and caviar, but there's more playfulness on the new à la carte menu. Cauliflower soup comes with tiny grilled-cheese-sandwich triangles and his signature lobster potpie is now served deconstructed and spiced with aromatic cardamom and bits of persimmon that enhance the meat's savory-sweet richness. The bar is swank spot for a drink and a crab BLT or foie gras PB&J.—John A. Vlahides
Open Mondays through Thursdays 11:30 am to 2 pm and 5:30 to 10 pm, Fridays 11:30 am to 2 pm and 5:30 to 10:30 pm, Saturdays 5:30 to 10:30 pm, and Sundays 5:30 to 10 pm.