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

• Buy chef David Kinch's cookbook Manresa: An Edible Reflection

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4.5 rating over 10 reviews

Manresa Restaurant Review

: 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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