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Michael Mina

252 California St. (Battery St.) Send to Phone
415-397-9222 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Drawing inspiration from his Egyptian roots, Michael Mina infuses his cuisine with Middle Eastern flavors.   Chef Michael Mina was GAYOT's 2011 Best Restaurateur in the US

Lunch Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Dinner Mon.-Thurs. 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

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Michael Mina, San Francisco, CA

Michael Mina Restaurant Review

About the restaurant and décor: Michael Mina's flagship restaurant in San Francisco's Financial District presents a cool, sleek dining room touting a minimalist design, majestic bar and high ceilings. The crowd is a convivial mix of young downtowners and older patrons, setting a tone of vivacity mingled with established old guard.

About the food: Drawing inspiration from his Egyptian roots, chef Mina has brought in Middle Eastern flavors to his menu. Executive chef Raj Dixit, who previously oversaw Stonehill Tavern at St. Regis Monarch Beach, is at the helm in the kitchen. At lunch, diners may order à la carte or enjoy a tasting menu ($65). Tuna tartare still makes an appearance, but now it’s prepared with urfa pepper (Turkish chile pepper), pine nuts and finger lime. Other dishes on the six-course, prix-fixe menu ($195, plus optional wine pairings) at dinner might include grilled Maine lobster with almond, coconut, saffron, corn, okra and hand-rolled cous cous; and charcoal-grilled baby lamb with black harissa, carrot and turnip. A six-course vegetarian tasting menu ($145) is also available. For dessert, chocolate pairs with kamut (an ancient grain), caramel and Saigon bark.

About the drinks: The well-curated wine list is one of the best in the city. You'll find bottles from Lebanon and Greece alongside a wealth of selections from Italy, France and California. Meanwhile, the bar program includes flights of spirits, plus cocktails that incorporate interesting ingredients like saffron syrup and chili threads.
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