Molecular gastronomy in Bay area?
I am looking for suggestions on any restaurants, if there are any, that might feature quite a bit of molecular gastronomy located here in the Bay area. I'm dying to try out Minibar in D.C. or Jose Andres's new place in LA, Bazaar, but I was hoping there might be somewhere closer to home.
You might ask the folks at Le Sanctuaire which chefs have been buying gums and what not. Last time I was in there the guy mentioned someone but I've forgotten. I posted some photos on my blog:
The one hardcore MG place was Antidote in Sausalito. Didn't last long.
Try Alembic, it is a bar with great cocktails and interesting food.
Orson used to be good but I have heard mixed reviews lately
It depends on how you define molecular gastronomy. If you include sous vide (which often does get lumped in with it), then many high-end restaurants are doing it, including the French Laundry, Luce, Manresa, eVe, Baumé, and my house. I've heard that Coi does, but I've not been there.
For spherification and other encapsulation, I know that it can be found at Baumé, eVe, and Manresa.
I've not kept track of foams and excessive emulsifications.
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