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Molecular gastronomy in Bay area?

luckytomato Mar 20, 2009 08:49 PM

Hi all,

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.


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    waldrons RE: luckytomato Mar 20, 2009 09:21 PM

    Try Coi in San Francisco... he works more with essential oils, but still does a lot of foams. Not quite as "mad scientist" as some, but definitely not the same old same old.


    373 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

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      luckytomato RE: waldrons Mar 20, 2009 10:07 PM

      Thanks, I've heard a lot about Coi, I will have to give them a try.

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        w0x0f RE: luckytomato Apr 13, 2009 11:04 AM

        Second on Coi. We were just there a couple of weeks ago, and the first course had us applying an essential oil to a wrist before eating the course. Not El Bulli, but what is?

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      gordon wing RE: luckytomato Mar 20, 2009 10:10 PM

      I know that you asked for restaurants but you probably will find Le Sanctuaire interesting.
      http://www.le-sanctuaire.com/ It's near Union Square and has a lot of the potions and tools that are used by Molecular Gastronomers.

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        luckytomato RE: gordon wing Mar 20, 2009 11:28 PM

        Thanks! If I can't have it prepared for me, it might be interesting to try to make. I've been watching too much Food Network lately, I think.

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          Robert Lauriston RE: luckytomato Mar 21, 2009 10:28 AM

          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.

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            luckytomato RE: Robert Lauriston Apr 7, 2009 12:31 PM

            Thanks. Guess I'll have to save the molecular gastronomy when next I'm down in LA or visiting my parents in D.C.

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        Chef Mabuse RE: luckytomato Apr 7, 2009 01:59 PM

        Try Alembic, it is a bar with great cocktails and interesting food.
        Orson used to be good but I have heard mixed reviews lately

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          smash RE: luckytomato Mar 22, 2010 06:06 PM

          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.

          Manresa Restaurant
          320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

          The French Laundry
          6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

          1960 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

          201 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306

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            Robert Lauriston RE: smash Mar 23, 2010 08:42 AM

            Sous vide is the one thing from the MG bag of tricks that has gone mainstream.

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            vis RE: luckytomato Mar 23, 2010 10:44 AM

            there's a new spot in Palo Alto called Baume that does molecular gastronomy.

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