It’s been four years since we left the Bay Area, so the list of restaurants we need to try has gotten ridiculously long. We don’t get down there as much as we should (our friends can vouch for that!). So when an opportunity to try Dominique Crenn’s “poetic culinaria” came up at Matt’s in the Market, it was hard to pass up. Except we did, because I thought, well, we can’t do these dinners two weeks in a row. It’ll be too much. But then, after a wonderful meal with Andy Ricker, we went for it, got on the waiting list and hoped for the best.
Not only was it a chance to try Chef Crenn’s modernist cuisine outside her home turf in the Bay Area, but it would be interesting to see how the two chefs — Chef Crenn and Matt’s Chef Chester Gerl — would develop a menu of complements. In six courses, it was inventive, it was sometimes challenging, it was beautiful.