Chef Corey Lee, Pastry Chef Courtney Schmidig, and Sommelier Bobby Conroy of Benu - San Francisco, CA

22 Hawthorne St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 685-4860
Hours: Tue-Sat 5:30pm-9:00pm

Chef Corey Lee worked for nearly a decade with Thomas Keller, and the thoughtful, calculated approach of his mentor shows through in the Benu dining experience. From the well-appointed chargers, perfectly shaped to hold a number of first course dishes (allowing for less serviceware and more relaxed approach) to time-intensive preparations like lobster-stuffed sea cucumber, it’s clear Lee has put consideration into every step of his restaurant. Thanks to the wise guidance of 2009 Napa Rising Star Sommelier Yoon Ha, and his own vino skills, Sommelier Bobby Conroy seamlessly pairs with Lee’s challenging cuisine. Pastry Chef Courtney Schmidig, another French Laundry alum, recently came on board, and promises to keep San Francisco’s already talented pastry chefs on their toes with her graceful desserts.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Tart Flambé, Sea Urchin, and Green Apple with Kitaya, Kansanui, “Cold Mountain Water,” Junmai Daiginjo, Fukuoka, Japan
  • Beef Braised in Pear Juice and Charcoal-Grilled with Winter Treasures with Chateau Fortia, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone Valley, France 2000

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