Aster

Aster, SF, Michelin
NEW AMERICAN | MICHELIN *
SAN FRANCISCO
Chef and owner Brett Cooper draws from his experience from Coi and Saison, and does something new and wonderful in this Mission District's hidden gem. Aster opened its doors in 2015 and has rapidly become a neighborhood favorite. Their menu, formatted to encourage a 4 course tasting, is a refreshing rendition of casual and fresh Californian flavors. The ambience is relaxed. The plates are artful. The flavors are complex.
Aster, SF, Michelin
First courses, like their delicately cured trout paired with tart grapefruit segments, were light and refreshing.
Aster, SF, Michelin
Citrus cured trout, fennel, sorrel, sourdough
Aster, SF, Michelin
Beets, pomegranate, pistachio, cultured cream, arugula
Aster, SF, Michelin, dinner
Aster, SF, Michelin
Aster, SF, Michelin
Chilled green garlic soup, peas, almond, preserved lemon
Cooper's play on textures and flavors were thoughtful, like in this green garlic soup. Nothing felt out of place. The preserved lemon cut through the richness of the soup, which was light and airy on its own. The crispy almond shards added an additional level of complexity.
Aster, SF, Michelin
Soft cooked egg, crispy potato, salmon roe, bacon vinaigrette
Crispy, creamy, umami bomb. This bowl of puffed rice, nori, and poached egg was texturally complex and every crunchy bite was gloriously decadent. This was unmistakably the standout dish of the evening.
Aster, SF, Michelin, duck
Spiced Duck, rhubarb, endive, black garlic
In contrast to the smaller portioned first courses, the mains were much heartier. This plate of perfectly cooked crispy-skin duck was paired with pickled rhubarb and a tangy black garlic puree, both of which complemented the duck in the most lovely way. Even though the confit duck hiding under the endive seemed a tad out of place, this was a cracking plate of food.
Aster, SF, Michelin, pork
Aster, SF, Michelin
Aster, SF, Michelin
Pork, glazed yam, leek, nasturtium, preserved lemon
Aster, SF, Michelin, dessert
Frozen strawberry parfait, cabernet, chamomile
Aster, SF, Michelin, dessert
Milk chocolate custard, sorrel, basil
The refreshing basil granita hiding under the chocolate wafer provided the perfect relief from the richness of the mousse.
Aster, SF, Michelin, dessert
Chocolate eclair
Croissants and Caviar's TL;DR:
At $70 for a 4-course tasting, the food and experience was well worth it. Cooper's dishes were, most importantly, balanced on the palate. I recall walking home with all smiles.
ASTER

1001 Guerrero Street,
San Francisco CA 94110
http://astersf.com

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