A Master Course in Heritage Cuisine From a Saison and Atelier Crenn Vet

Wild Boar, Buffalo and Pink Scallops Galore in SoMa

By Joe Starkey ·
None 12 Photos Birdsong

We're just going to throw a few words out here and see where they land. Ready?

Wild-game hunting. Fishing. Atelier Crenn. Saison. You. Someone lovely.

Oh, good. They landed on Birdsong, an exploration in heritage cuisine (more on that later) brought to you by, yes, a chef with Atelier Crenn, Saison, Benu and Alinea experience. It's open now in SoMa and here's the slideshow

You and that date will enter this bright and airy space of light, locally sourced woods and teal accents before being escorted past the open kitchen to your table.

It's there where your delicious history lesson will begin. See, the chef will be showcasing foods sourced from here to Alaska that were raised and caught the way your great-great-great grandfather might've done. It'll continue with the preparation via old-school styles of smoking, dry-aging and cooking with open fire. 

All of which will lead you to a tasting menu of dishes like rare Pacific scallops with salted liver, grilled skirt and apricot vinegar or BBQ wild boar with madrone bark, elderberries, ramps and pine needle.

Those things will make you happy. The evening will proceed accordingly as you pair everything with Pacific Northwest beers and wines. And in the coming months, they'll have expanded their tasting and a la cart options. Look out for elk and buffalo.

Which is also good life advice in general.

Joe Starkey

Joe Starkey is the tallest person in the room 90% of the time. He enjoys liquors that aren’t smoky, dive bars that are, and has a vague dread that someone, somewhere might be having more fun than him.


1085 Mission St
(at 7th)
San Francisco, CA, 94103


Elsewhere on the Daddy

More Food in San Francisco