Aster: Textured NorCal Cooking in the Mission
Aster, the latest from super chef Brett Cooper and business partner Dennis Patterson, pays homage to the texture of food with very positive results. These days, everyone is raving about this atmospheric Californian bistro in the Mission, and it isn't just the people who get paid to write restaurant reviews doing so. The quality of the entire experience is what keeps Aster in demand with its foodie patrons, which says a lot in a city that is filled with more noteworthy restaurants than one could visit while dining out nightly for an entire year. The NorCal menu is seasonal produce-focused, and many of the ingredients are grown exclusively for Aster by small local farms. The entrees are really on point, with the lamb shoulder (sitting on a bed of slightly sweet cabbage and wheatberries) and the black cod (wrapped in chard stems and served in a bowl of bone broth) being two of the best choices. The wine list and décor are equally appealing; the latter creates a stylish yet laid-back look with rustic wooden booths and tables and pumpkin-colored leather chairs.
By Becca Blond, AFAR Local Expert
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