With a young chef direct from The French Laundry -- where he ran the show for Thomas Keller, mind you -- this small but intensely original and refined Asian-American restaurant has established itself very quickly as one of the finest in America.
Modern haute cuisine, often interpretations of Chinese food, from faux shark fin to steamed dumpling. Each plate delights with a symphony of flavors and textures.
If you have a little money to burn, love Asian cuisine, or just want to experience some of the most exciting high-end cuisine in the city, this is your joint. Chef Corey Lee will blow your mind with his beautifully articulated dishes--the flavors, textures, and presentations are just beyond. Go for the wine pairing option--the staff has fun with it (you'll get beer, Madeira, and more).
SF Weeklys Best Of 2012 Winner Editorial Pick - Best California Cuisine. Twenty years ago, Benu would have been described as an Asian fusion...
Wine pairing was exceptional but pricey at $150. Meal was excellent but also recommend Coi as an alternative.
Lobster xiao long bao are on 7x7's Big Eat 2013.
The water glasses are totally sublime. Thin and elegant. As with the best in humanity. #thinspo
Definitely take a moment to peek in through the kitchen window from the sidewalk outside. Love to see how it all comes together!
Foodies flock to Benu for its unforgettable 17-course, $180 tasting menu.
French Laundry alum Corey Lee creates dishes reflecting both his Asian heritage and personal obsessions. A bowl of wild-salmon roe with puffed buckwheat is one of 18 courses on the $180 tasting menu.
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