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320 Village Lane (Saratoga Los Gatos Rd.) Send to Phone
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MANRESA WILL REOPEN DECEMBER 31, 2014. Wander away from San Francisco for an introspective eating experience that's far from provincial.

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Manresa Restaurant Review

: MANRESA EXPERIENCED A FIRE ON JULY 7, 2014, AND WILL REOPEN DECEMBER 31, 2014. Nestled at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains in the quaint town of Los Gatos, Manresa showcases chef David Kinch's hyper-meditated, progressive cuisine du terroir. Local Love Apple Farms, which employs biodynamic practices, supplies most of the restaurant’s produce, conceptually represented in Kinch’s evolved, star dish, “Into the Vegetable Garden” --- it’s like getting the chef’s credo on a plate. Expect a holistic composition of the garden’s offerings that day, such as flowers, roots, stems, shoots, seeds, herbs and more substantial produce; the components might be raw or cooked and have varying degrees of temperatures. Each evening, a “Seasonal and Spontaneous” tasting menu ($185) is available, which features about 12 to 14 courses, with the option of wine pairing at an additional $108, or $185 for premium wine pairing. From a list of ingredients for that month, Kinch composes the meal, perhaps utilizing seaweed, buckwheat or duck, and maybe green tea, bay scallop or venison. Meanwhile, the wine list evokes a lovely sense of place with the inclusion of local makers, and also proposes selections sourced worldwide. A refreshed interior resulted in a relocated entrance and duo of dining areas, a wine cellar in the restaurant's former foyer, and ten-seat bar and lounge (where an abbreviated tasting menu can be enjoyed). While the space has a more contemporary feel, the warmth and bones of the 1940's ranch-style building, including the open beam ceiling, mosaic tiled fireplace and curved wall, remain.

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