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Vegetarian tasting menus at high-end restaurants

lapidary Dec 21, 2006 04:34 PM

Hi all,

I'm looking to see if any of you have experience with the several high-end tasting vegetarian tasting menus in town. Specifically, I'm interested in any opinions of the vegetarian food at La Folie, Fleur de lys, Masa's, Aqua, and Michael Mina. Eggs and dairy are fine. Seafood is out.


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    mchan02 RE: lapidary Dec 21, 2006 07:37 PM

    I believe Chapeau has one.

    Also, Millenium on Geary and Jones (i think) is upscale vegan and has a tasting menu. I went about a year ago and thought it was good but not amazing.

    Greens in Ft. Mason has prix-fixe meals on Saturdays (not sure about other days) and I've never had a bad meal there, although it gets mixed reviews here.

    1. megek RE: lapidary Dec 21, 2006 08:14 PM

      I have heard good things (mostly here on the board) about the vegetarian tasting menu at both La Folie and Fleur de lys.

      I am planning to go for the veg tasting at one of these myself, for a special occasion, and am leaning towards Fleur de lys: http://www.fleurdelyssf.com/

      With the questionable recent reports about Aqua, I am going to skip that one.

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        CBP RE: lapidary Aug 25, 2007 10:21 PM

        Looking for any updates on this topic. Where's the best Bay Area restaurant for a top-notch vegetarian fine dining experience?

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          ML8000 RE: CBP Aug 26, 2007 03:13 AM

          I went to Michael Mina with a small group and one diner had the veggie tasting menu. It seems to have been every bit as good and on par as the regular tasting menu and in some ways better. There was one miss out of 7 regularly scheduled items with the regular menu but everything was very good to excellent. The veggie tasting menu didn't have the miss...so it was better. Overall 4.75 stars out of 5.

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          whiner RE: lapidary Aug 26, 2007 02:41 AM

          Vegetarian tasting menu at Fleur de Lys ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!

          The best soup I have ever had was on that tasting menu. I know a professional chef who eats everything but when ge goes to FdL orders the vegetarian tasting menu.

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            boomer13 RE: whiner Aug 26, 2007 10:48 AM

            I have a Chef friend/mentor who is basically a vegetarian now that he is older and needs to watch his diet. He 's classically trained in French cuisine. He is a expert on healthy dinning but really loves his food and likes to eat well (+ good wine, he's French!). I trust his judgement, he says the Veg tasting menu at Fleur de Lys is the best in SF if not anywhere in the U.S. He says you won't miss the meat if you are a omnivore and the vegetarians will be blown away.

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            gloryous RE: lapidary Aug 26, 2007 03:24 PM

            Seems to me that any of our high end, innovative restaurants with prix fixe menus will offer a veg menu if you call them to discuss it and give them ample notice. Late summer is the perfect time for them to show off their vegetable-forward creations. It's just part of the creative process.

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              CBP RE: lapidary Sep 24, 2007 02:02 PM

              Okay. So if I have to narrow down the following list to three or four, which make the cut?

              Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton.
              Fleur de Lys.
              Michael Mina.
              The French Laundry.

              All of these have or can do a vegetarian tasting menu. I've heard good things about Fleur de Lys and Michael Mina for their vegetarian menus, but inconsistent reports about normal meals. That makes me a little nervous about going to either. Haven't read anything about the vegetarian menu at Masa's. If I'm just going with the places that have the best reputations on Chowhound (without specific consideration of their vegetarian options), it seems like my choices would be French Laundry, Manresa, Cyrus, and Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton.

              Any guidance would be appreciated.

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                osho RE: CBP Sep 24, 2007 02:17 PM

                I have had a meal at the three of the above.

                My vote goes to the Dining Room at the Ritz. A memorable meal, that I can definitely vouch for.

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                  CBP RE: osho Sep 24, 2007 02:30 PM

                  Thanks. Which were the other two, and how were they?

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