GQ magazine refers to the annual “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list as “the most powerful, most anticipated ranking of its kind” – even more of a mover and shaker than Michelin.
But on June 12’s unveiling of the most recent “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list, only one California restaurant made the cut. That would be Saison, the South of Market restaurant in San Francisco with the kitchen led by chef Joshua Skenes, which earned the No. 27 spot.
The list stems from a survey of chefs, critics and restaurateurs who are members of the Diners Club World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, and compile an overall list of 100 restaurants.
The storied French Laundry in Yountville? That ranked on the list at No. 85. Manresa of Los Gatos, which claims three Michelin stars along with Saison and French Laundry? It landed at No. 83.
Osteria Francescana of Modena, Italy, landed the No. 1 spot, with New York City’s Eleven Madison Park finding the top United States finish at No. 3.
Saison is known for its impeccably produced chef’s tasting menu in an open-kitchen setting. In 2014, Michael Bauer of the San Francisco Chronicle awarded Saison four (out of four) stars in his review, noting that “Skenes and his crew create a unique ballet of flavors and textures. … Saison is now playing in the big leagues.”
Want to see what the fuss is about at Saison? If so, prepare to pay $398 per person (plus service charge) for the tasting menu, which Eater declared as California’s most expensive restaurant.
In other Bay Area connections to the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list, Dominique Crenn of San Francisco’s Atelier Crenn and Petit Crenn earned the title of “The World’s Best Female Chef 2016.” Some Sacramentans will remember Crenn’s guest chef dinner at the former Enotria (now Cask & Barrel) on Del Paso Boulevard, with chef Pajo Bruich collaborating with Crenn on the menu.
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