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Millennium Restaurant

Got a huge bonus yesterday that I wasn’t even vaguely expecting. (Thanks BBI! You guys Wraughk!!) So Juniper and I went to Millennium Restaurant for dinner.

I’ll just get it out of the way now. Millennium is a VEGAN gourmet restaurant. But holy cow, could anyone ever tell this blindfolded?

Not a chance.

Millennium serves one of the best dinners in San Francisco. Which indeed, for a city of foods and foodies, is saying a lot. All true. We had one of the best meals I have had since eating at Andre’s, in Las Vegas.

Unlike my wife, and most of my fellow SF citizens, I am not a foodie. Don’t get me wrong, I love food, but I don’t know that much about it. However, when I am presented with a masterpiece, I am not so dense as to miss it entirely. Last night’s meal was a masterpiece.

I had the Eggplant Dengaku (walnut-miso glaze, chilled soba noodle salad, bok choy & daikon kimchi, baby mustard greens, Szechuan peppercorn gomasio) followed by the Potato and Tomato Leaf Braciole (seasonal) and a Carmel Torte
(mocha cream topping, hazelnut shortbread, fig-coffee gelato, vanilla bean crème anglaise) for dessert. Wine pairings were divine, but it made no difference. The food was so delicate, so perfectly textured, that I could have eaten stone sober and gotten high as a kite.

Vegan cooking is an art in itself. It looses the gimmes so often exploited by French cooking. (Enough butter makes anything taste good). And it lacks the meat and cheese that we humans find so automatically fulfilling. So what is must offer is an absolutely perfect creation of balanced and layered flavors within extraordinary textures. If this combination is done correctly, it can be some of the best fool you may ever have.

Millennium does this correctly, and I highly recommend giving them a try if you are ever in San Francisco.

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