Piedmont, CA 94611
SF Weekly's Description
Commis is a destination restaurant for an indie-rock generation, diners who prize preciousness over pomp and relish the weird places that individual vision can take a gifted artist. The walls of this Piedmont restaurant are gallery-white, the staff is tiny, the wine list filled with inexpensive and relatively obscure labels. The American restaurant serves only a three-course prix-fixe dinner for $59, yet the meal is composed with haute cuisine sensibilities. Chef-owner James Syhabout, who has trained under world-renowned chefs like Ferran Adria and David Kinch, is preternaturally attuned to the harmonics of flavor. He seems to build each dish by tracing all of the fourths and thirds that vibrate around an ingredient, then amplifying them with unexpected touches - malt powder sprinkled over a savoy cabbage soup, for instance, or a bacon-seaweed broth surrounding roast ling cod and braised daikon - so that the rest of us can sense them, too.
Tips from foursquare
Wine pairings are very well-done here with a creative tilt and the short yet fascinating tea selection is a nice option for those not partaking. - Inspector
Tried Commis with the wine pairings. Disappointed :( I really wanted to love the place!
Seriously amazing and really a great deal. You think you won't leave full but you are stuffed by the end. Phenomenal.
Hands down the best value:quality:technique ratio in the Bay. Always an amazing meal prepared by Chef James & his staff
So good. So so so good.
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