[Photo: Naseema Khan]
At last, the remodeled version of Saison that chef and owner Joshua Skenes has envisioned for quite some time, will reopen to the public tonight, serving dinner now from Tuesday through Saturday. You'll recall Skenes started the remodel in late April. Interesting talking points now include the only Molteni stove in the Bay Area and the new wood-burning hearth and bread baking oven on the rather inviting new patio dining area you see in the gallery here. The 30-seat interior dining area still offers one seating only, priced at $98 per person for an 8-course tasting menu, but now there are a few other ways to experience Skenes' cuisine.
Guests can lounge, imbibe and snack on some items in the outdoor Terrace at Saison this evening, although it's still in semi-complete mode. The new heated patio area will allow diners to show up without reservations for a more relaxed a la carte dinner menu, fully prepared from the central wood-burning oven, when it's completed around July 6th. And if diners would like to explore higher-end dining, they can reserve the new chef's tables in the kitchen, where you can make special requests for customized tasting menus priced at up to $500 a head if you so desire. About a month ago, we also mentioned dcantr; the 50-seat, simple and rustic wine-and-small-plates pop-up Skenes will run out of the Stable Cafe, but that's still about six weeks out at this stage of the game.