Eats in SF: Chef’s Table Cravings & Petit Crenn

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I love beautiful food.

And Netflix’s Chef’s Table is hours and hours of beautiful food, classical music, and back stories of some of the world’s most celebrated chefs. (Thank you to my friend H for getting me started on them!).

Petit Crenn (August 2016)

Address: 609 Hayes Street, San Francisco, California
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, Lunch & Dinner
Price range: $87 for 7-course dinner, including tax and gratuity.

Oysters with champagne, alongside delicious gougeres

The third episode of Chef’s Table Season 2 follows Dominique Crenn’s 2-Michelin starred restaurant Atelier Crenn. Oftentimes named the top female chef in the world, Dominique Crenn owns both Atelier Crenn, and its more French bistro-typed sister, Petit Crenn. Devoid of a good reason to spend a couple hundred dollars on a meal – we opted to spend an evening at Petit Crenn.

Parisienne gnocchi in corn cream soup, with onions, English peas, and mushrooms

The menu is set, with exceptions made for food allergies or special requests, and changes seasonally. The focus is primarily on seafood and vegetables, as Dominique Crenn hails from Brittany, France. Diners do have the option of ordering from an a la carte menu if they choose to sit at counter seating, but why would you want to interrupt the beauty of a full 7-courses a top chef has planned?

Wine pairings are also available with each course! This is an additional pricing, depending on the seasonal menu.

Potatoes served with onions, cheese, and parsley

Opened in August 2015, Petit Crenn boasts a clear, white inside decor. It feels homey, much like the food that Chef Crenn serves at Petit Crenn. Each dish tastes wonderfully warm.

Tomato salad
Sea Bass – star of the meal! Served with crispy garlic.

The entire sea bass was brought out in its entirety and trotted around each table for show prior to the start of the meal. It was definitely very fresh.

Little gems with anchovy caper vinaigrette, parmesan crisps, and cherry tomatoes

The meal is timed to take around 2 hours, as there are two seatings. One starts at 6pm, and the 2nd starts at 8:30pm.

Reservations are certainly not as difficult to come by as they would be for Atelier Crenn, but absolutely value for the money. If possible, request a seat by the window to take advantage of the beautiful sun-setting light!

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