Manresa

Price: 
4
Rating: 
8.30
Cuisine: 
Molecular Gastronomy
Food
Hours: 
Wed–Sun: 5:30 PM–9:00 PM
320 Village Ln. (at N Santa Cruz Ave.)
Los Gatos 95030
(408) 354-4330
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Readers of The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Restaurants in America have been asking, “Where’s Manresa?” since the inaugural list was first published in 2011. They’ll certainly be happy (or more likely, just ask, “What took so you long?”) to see Chef David Kinch’s special Los Gatos restaurant land on the list and shoot up into the top 40 this year. Located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains since it opened in 2002, chef Kinch’s restaurant defies conventional culinary categorization. As Charles Bowden wrote a few years ago, “The restaurant press says he is cooking New California Cuisine or he is cooking French or he is cooking Catalan or he is farm-to-table…” but really the best way to describe him and his cuisine is to use one word: original. What to expect? There is a $185 tasting menu that uses products grown using biodynamic practices from Love Apple Gate Farms in Santa Cruz, and another menu that changes frequently. You’ll find the menu divided into some 55 simple words separated by virgules — “carrot / clams / duck / fromage blanc” — words that don’t betray even a hint of the vast landscapes of ingredients and flavors that appear during the course of a meal that’s thoughtful and experimental but not overwrought.