Benu is an exceptional restaurant! Chef Lee was born in Korea and is the former chef-de-cuisine of the French Laundry. He has managed to achieve a perfect marriage of Asian and American cooking. Minimalistic ambience, and low-key service set the tone for the experience. Several bite-sized courses are followed by larger dishes. Chef Lee employs modernistic methods of cooking, and demonstrates his genius in all his creations. One of the highlights was his "beggar's purse" dish, which was made of acorn flour, with a filling from Iberico ham from pigs fed with acorns and truffles, under the shade of oak trees. The savory part of the menu was simply breathtaking! However, the sweet part is significantly lagging behind in explosiveness and creativity, and left a lot to be desired.
2 Michelin stars