Michelin Guide to San Francisco, 2010
- JasmineG Oct 19, 2009 09:47 AM
The French Laundry
The Restaurant at Meadowood
Auberge du Soleil
The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton
El Paseo (closed)
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
Fleur de Lys
The Village Pub
Changes: Michael Mina lost a star, and Aqua lost its two and Bistro Jeanty and Martini House each lost their only star; Aziza, Commis, Etoile, La Toque, Luce, Quince, Sante, Solbar, Terra and Ubuntu now each have a star.
Thoughts on the list?
About time for Ubuntu, they definitely deserve it. Not sure how I feel about Martini House losing their star, kind of expected it, but still a bit surprised. Also, Terra already had a star, but the OP indicates that it's new.
I wonder if SF will ever get a second three star restaurant.
I honestly don't think any high end place in SF proper is consistent enough to merit 3 stars. Between my partner and I, we've had experiences at a dozen of the one stars that alone would preclude them from more stars. We had a 2-3 star experience at Fleur de Lys, but that doesn't seem to be the average experience of people who report back. I would have thought Quince would be a solid 2-star, but whatever.
I think whatever is the operative word. I like Manresa much more the TFL, find the food much more inspiring and unique yet it only gets 2-stars which I take is the service model. As a Californian I actually find the full French service model a bit stuffy and it can get overbearing. As you said...whatever.
re: Ruth Lafler
The Commis star surprised and delighted me, delighted because I loved my visit to the restaurant, and shocked that Michelin made it to Oakland. Well, and it's only been open, what, three months, so I'm kind of amazed that Michelin managed to visit in time for the book. I don't make decisions about where to go based on Michelin, but it's clear that some people do, or will at least be more likely to go to starred places, so I'm happy that Commis got one.
Yeah the only thing that surprised me bout the Commis star, is that the restaurant is just so new, and I really didn't think they would have enough time to review, write-up and still make the publishing deadline. I've never eaten there, but a few friends that have, have raved about it.
Here are the changes from the 2009 list, including changes in their "bib gourmand" list:
From the list of stars, the changes are:
* Bistro Jeanty
* Martini House
** Michael Mina
* El Paseo (closed)
* La Toque
Not gone from the list, but gone from the earth:
The "Bib gourmand" list of restaurants that are "an inspector's favorite for good value." And the changes there are:
South Park Cafe
Willi's Seafood & Raw Bar
Brown Sugar Kitchen
Flour + Water
Tavern at Lark Creek
The girl & the fig
Well, though I don't use Michelin for ecs, I'm glad The girl and the fig is on there. There's been lots of people putting it down both on Chowhound and Yelp. IMO, it hasn't changed and is a nice option in Sonoma.
Colibri is both dropped and added?
These people seem to be Bradley Ogden groupies ... Thavern at Lark Creek?
Henry's Hunan ... really? I'm telling you if House of Nanking shows up I'm going to have to burn that guide in publc.
It is a little weird this year all the relatively new restaurants on that list.
It's particularly interesting that Michelin Guide is responsive to customer input. I sent them a couple of e-mails urging them to review Restaurant Chevalier in Lafayette. They originally replied that Lafayette is outside the area they cover (in prior years they included only the Oakland/Berkeley portion of the East Bay), but It turns out they did review it, since Chevalier is now on the Bib Gourmand list, and is the only restaurant east of the Caldecott Tunnel to be mentioned in the Guide.