Dominique Crenn's first non-hotel, solo restaurant effort, Atelier Crenn, opened last month in the former PlumpJack digs in Cow Hollow, and the response to her poetry on a plate so far has been reverent and enthusiastic (though no formal review has been filed to date). Elle magazine even published a profile of her last week, focusing mostly on her style and her place in a male-dominated field doing ambitious, sometimes molecular cuisine women chefs are, stereotypically, known to do more rustic or "home-y" food. Crenn is clearly aiming for something that's both personal and unexpected, describing a dish like "The Sea" as her "interpretation of aquatic flavors," and a delicious potato dish with Comt cheese and ham broth as "a memory of childhood" in France. Her plating is painterly and intricate, with the experience of her dishes like any high-end cuisine should be as much a visual one as it is sensual.
The full chef's tasting menu, which we illustrate for you here along with several dishes from the a la carte menu as well, is 95 dollars, with an additional 35 for wine pairings. There are also three- and five-course options as well, though it seems obvious to us already that the most satisfying experience of Crenn's food will likely come from the nine-course tasting menu, which also comes with an amuse and an "epilogue."
See our full slideshow below.
Earlier: A First Look Inside Atelier Crenn, Opening January 21 [Grub Street]