It may be one of the Bay Area’s most well-regarded restaurants, but Manresa is also distinctively stylish and extraordinarily hospitable.
The nightly compositions are unknown until they arrive on the table, and the food is at once cerebral and approachable. Each course is likely to represent a moment within a season, beginning with savory petit fours that are an illusory play on the palate. Sample red-pepper pâtes de fruits or black olive madeleines along with excellent bread. Tender striped bass in a saffron bouillabaisse is topped with a crisp wafer of brioche. Even something as simple as asparagus is elevated here with a charred beurre blanc and its fantastic smokiness.
Don’t miss those excellent vanilla-bean caramels offered on your way out.
Work in progress.