|Tuesday-Saturday||6pm - 10pm|
If you believe that you eat first with your eyes, then you'll love the dishes here. The food is as beautiful to look at it is delicious. A very serene and comfortable space where you feel well looked after without pretense. Excellent choices and pricing on wines by the bottle
Last night, we went to Atelier Crenn with some trepidation.
On the one hand, we are fans of chefs who really "go for it", and it's pretty clear that chef Crenn is really going for it.
On the other hand, Atelier Crenn epitomizes a certain kind of creative modern cooking, which I don't always like. The presentations are beyond creative, featuring bits of this and foams of that and liquid nitrogen frozen cremes of yet another thing piled up a slab of carved slate. That kind of thing.
So it was with a sigh of relief that I found myself enjoying the food at Atelier Crenn.
For me, what made it work is that the food, while creative, still had a connection to its roots -- the true flavors of the underlying ingredients as well as nods to French culture.
A trio of pork came with small medallions of tenderloin, a block of head cheese, and two pieces of braised belly, crisped up in a pan. I'm sure they were surrounded by and topped with something innovative and weird, but to be honest, I don't remember what they were.
This is not to say that I don't appreciate the creative stuff. If the plate of pork had been served with a pile of green beans in butter, I think the dish wouldn't have been nearly as exciting.
But at the end of the day, it's the pork that I remember, not the other stuff. Did I mention that it was tasty?