With our offices located in the San Francisco Bay Area, the food Mecca of the world, it comes as no surprise that we’re as obsessed with haute cuisine as we are with haute couture! It’s safe to say that San Francisco is home to some of the world’s greatest chefs and eateries. Living here for the past few years has turned us into major foodies so we wanted to share our list of can’t miss restaurants in the USA. Bon appetite!
Alinea in Chicago by Chef Grant Achatz
Alinea offers one of the most glamorous and unique dining experiences in the world. One dish that really blows our mind is the chocolate dessert painting. Chef Grant Achatz comes out of the kitchen, rolls out a silicone tablecloth and starts creating a painting on the table using chocolate sauce, truffles, honey and smashed large chocolate balls on top. You can watch a video of this chic confection here:
Benu San Francisco
Benu embodies San Francisco’s artful take on food by serving up artistically intricate dishes that look like works of art. James Beard award winning chef Jaime Lee has created a dining experience that seamlessly blends the traditional eastern influences with cutting edge culinary techniques. The overall result is a culinary fantasia that tantalizes all of the senses.
Masa In New York City By Chef Masa Takayama
Known as the overseas temple for sushi, Masa is a must for sushi lovers worldwide. The Japanese sensibilities of shibui (simplicity devoid of unnecessary elements) and umami (the basic essence found in each ingredient) are inherent n Masa’s DNA. Indulge in the finest sushi on the globe flown in daily from Japan. Located in the Time Warner center the restaurant is among the handful of eateries to have received a New York Times 4-star review and a Michelin 3-Star award.
The French Laundry by Thomas Keller
You might mistake this American dining institution for a quaint bed and breakfast but don’t be fooled by The French Laundry’s unpretentious facade. Top chef Thomas Keller whips up world renowned delictible French and American cuisine inspired by his travels in the French countryside. Lush surrounding gardens and quaint decor make it the perfect destination for enjoying one of the most memorable meals you’ll ever have in your life.
Glamazons will love Hakkasan’s sleek and sexy interiors while foodies will take note of this Vegas hotspot’s critically acclaimed Chinese fusion menu. The interiors can be credited to fashion industry favorite, Christian Liaigre who is responsible for the private digs of Karl Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein and Valentino. The swank culinary destination can be found in top cities across the country including Miami, San Francisco and New York but the Vegas outpost is known to be the most desirable.
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