689 Mission Street, at 3rd Street (in St Regis Hotel), San Francisco, USA
Tel: +1 415 284 4040
Update: We visited Ame again for dinner a week later. The post below has been updated to reflect dishes from both meals.
Ame is the collaboration of renowned Chefs Lissa Doumani and Hiro Sone of Terra fame (a restaurant in Napa Valley) in the luxurious St Regis Hotel in San Francisco. Holding one Michelin star and helmed by Chef Randy Lutz, it features a Japanese-American cuisine with a very deliberate use of raw fish in the style of sushi and sashimi. In fact, there is even sushi counter seating at the front of the restaurant where diners can look into the refrigerated glass cabinets where the raw fish is stored and watch the chefs prepare the food. The formal dining room, where we were seated, was very dimly lit to give an air of discreet sophistication (which unfortunately made no-flash photography extremely challenging - we had to push the limits of the ISO settings on our camera).
Today's crudo (red snapper and mackerel) simply prepared with extra virgin olive oil, lemon and sea salt: The raw fish was very fresh and the use of crackers with the sashimi was brilliant.
Grilled Berkshire pork chop, shimeji mushrooms, cipollini, kuti squash and winter black truffle sauce: The sauce which accompanied the pork chop was excellent and the sauteed mushrooms and vegetables brought flavour to the dish.