Saturday, 18 June 2016

Magnificence at San Fran's 3-Star Manresa

320 Village Ln
Los Gatos, CA 

Reservations: Mandatory (max 90 days in advance)

Atmosphere (5/5): Manresa is located in Los Gatos, a quaint little town about 1hr outside of San Francisco.   A little stroll around the downtown before the 3+ hour dinner is highly recommended, as there are many cute little shops and restaurants to check out and make note of for future visits.  If possible, find a place in Los Gatos to stay overnight after your Manresa meal to avoid a long drive back into San Fran afterwards. 
In terms of the restaurant itself, it has been recently rebuilt after a fire in summer of 2014 but still maintains a vintage charm.  It is a comfortable space, with a welcoming fireplace in the voyer and a dining room that is what I would call “sophisticated casual”.  Be sure to take a moment to gawk at Chef Kinch's emmy for his appearance on "Mind of a Chef" (well deserved!), showcased behind glass on the far wall.  

Service (5/5)- The servers at Menresa were both professional yet approachable.   The highlight came near the end of our meal when we were visited by David Kinch himself who came to check in with us about the meal.  Then, to top it all off, we were invited into the kitchen for a tour and got to chat with the sommelier and some of the kitchen staff.  All in all, we felt pretty darn special by the time we left.

Food (10/10)-  There was not one dish in the whole 12+ course tasting menu that was anything short of outstanding. In terms of style, there was a bit of Asian, a bit of French and a whole lotta local.  Every dish was innovative, expertly conceived and perfectly executed.  Furthermore, the sequence and flow of the meal, from amuse-bouche to main course, was spot on.  The “surprise factor” struck a perfect balance, with lots of creativity and intrigue, but nothing forced or gimmicky. 

Here is a look at or meal:

Overall verdict?  
Manresa has risen to my top 3 meals of all times.  The food definitely lives up to its 3 stars, and it delivers on all other fronts with its pleasant atmosphere and delightfully approachable service.  Having Chef Kinch there in person made or evening especially memorable.  This is an experience that will stay with us for years to come, and we will most certainly return again! 

Manresa Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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