Remember those few really special meals you’ll cherish the rest of your life" Dining at Atelier Crenn exceeded our expectation and it’s one of those meals we’ll remember for a long time.
With two kids at home, Mr. JOC and I do not often get the chance to enjoy fine dining. The only exception is when we celebrate our birthdays and anniversaries, Mr. JOC and I would get a sitter and select a restaurant we both really want to try. After watching Atelier Crenn being featured on Chef’s Table and falling in love with her story, we decided on dining there for our 40th birthdays.
The restaurant is located in the Cow Hollow neighborhood in San Francisco, and the space is quite small and seats only 22-25 diners. We were seated promptly after arriving and when we saw Chef Dominique Crenn in person, we could hardly conceal our excitement being there. Before the meal, Chef Crenn stopped by each table and greeted her guests, how cool is that!
The Tasting Menu at Atelier Crenn
We were presented with the day’s menu, which was written as a poem. We tried reading each verse carefully hoping to decipher the day’s dishes, and we did manage to get some right, but many dishes were surprises! As to why it’s poem and not a regular menu, it’s because beyond just sharing her food with her guests; Chef Dominique Crenn wants to share her story and have a dialogue with her guests.
The dinner is served as a prix fixe menu, and diners have the choices adding wine pairing (2 different choices) and white truffle shaving. The white truffles are kept in a closed box and presented at your table right before the meal. The aroma of white truffle hits your nose as soon as the lid opens, and if you love white truffles it’s really hard to say no. We opted for 1 wine paring and 1 white truffle shaving.
There was a total of 19 dishes that we enjoyed including 6 desserts. I’ll do my best to describe them, but I won’t do th...