Critic Roundup: San Francisco's Saison Scores Four Stars
This week in restaurant reviews, San Francisco Gate critic Michael Bauer awarded the upscale French restaurant Saison a perfect four star rating.
Bauer praised chef-owner Josh Skenes’ cuisine. Of his sturgeon and caviar first course he wrote, “the dash of smoke, the brininess of the sea and the richness of the fatty fish float around the mouth and come together in a single, integrated bite.”
The New York Times' Pete Wells revisited upscale Brooklyn landmark the River Café, which was closed for 15 month following Hurricane Sandy, and only recently reopened.
Wells enjoyed both the ambiance and the cuisine. “At the end of a night there, I always regret that it’s time to come back to the mainland,” he wrote.
Alan Richman of GQ paid a visit to New York’s Bar Bolonat, where he was mostly impressed with the Israeli restaurants authentic cuisine.
“I love that Bar Bolonat takes you to Israel, and also to unknown lands, where ramps and asparagus, pasta and ricotta yogurt, and even beef and tahini co-exist, mostly in harmony but sometimes not,” he wrote.
And Devra First of the Boston Globe was underwhelmed by the bistro cuisine at Merchant, concluding “The crowded bar is a fine place for an after-work drink. But the half-empty dining room speaks volumes.”
|Alan Richman||GQ||2/4 Stars|
|Devra First|| |
|Stan Sagner|| |
|Brad A. Johnston||Cat and the Custard Cup||2/4 Stars|
|Michael Bauer||Saison||4/4 Stars|
|The Dallas Observer||Chino Chinatown||Mixed|
|Pete Wells||The New York Times||2/4 Stars|
Adam D’Arpino is the Restaurants Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @AdamDArpino.