Los Gatos CA 95030
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.
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O, the drama of it all...
This year's Citrus Modernista dinner will be on February 26.
B. Patisserie may be coming to a neighborhood near you.
Michael Mina, chef of The Michael Mina Group, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Tasting menu.
Due to a fire damage, the restaurant is closed until further notice.
The most spectacular dish, one I'll remember to my dying day, is the raw milk panna cotta, glazed with an abalone gelee and strewn with petals of abalone and radish across the smooth, shiny top.
Specialties: Chef's tasting menu; anything with vegetables from the biodynamic garden; local milk panna cotta with abalone.
Two MIchelin stars
Harmonious new combinations make plates like Belon oyster w/ seaweed ice + nut-crusted chicken breast w /roasted lettuce. – Green Guide Editor
Always go with the tasting menu
Unforgettable meal. The service; impeccable, like a choreographed dance. This isn't just food, it is edible art, each dish more exquisite than the next. Tasting menu with 25 tomatoes is the way to go.
Pay attention to the vegetal rarities from Love Apple Farm that appear in intriguing places in chef David Kinch's erudite dishes. The service also has the tight choreography of a Blue Angels squad:
“Every meal I’ve had has been perfectly executed all the way through,” says Socialvore, Marc of No Recipes. To read more about Marc’s favorite recipes and restaurants visit live.gourmet.com.
This restaurant has a carefully cultivated relationship with the owner of a nearby farm, from whom he buys all his produce. Try the "Vegetable Garden" dish for a masterpiece of more than 30 veggies.
everything about this restaurant is exactly as it should be. service, quality, love, and food. ps. get the tasting menu.
Savor the Arpege egg.