Getting a reservation at State Bird Provisions has been impossible for months. I read somewhere that people were hacking the system to automatically book as soon as a table was open. Anyway, I was so surprised my friend Jim was able to secure a reservation since the restaurant has been under construction due expansion.
For being Best New Restaurant in America and having just earned its first Michelin Star, my expectations were high. I have been wanting to come here for a few months after I heard this restaurant was dim sum style and allowed you to pick and choose dishes off carts. Even with all the hype, I enjoyed almost every single dish we ordered and can say this is in my top 5 meals I’ve had.
It is hard to really categorize the type of food, but I would call it Gourmet Californian with hints of Asian influence. Interesting pairings, balanced flavors, and rich textures make for some phenomenal dishes. Because the food is so good, we were confident any dish we saw was guaranteed to be good. In total, I think we only turned down 2 dishes and that was really only due to us having tried so many other plates. I’m very lucky to have shared a great meal with great company. Overall, I would recommend this place to anyone and am hoping I can come back to try some new dishes too.
Warning: You might get hungry after looking at these pictures
dim Sum Style carts where you can just pick anything that looks delicious
garlic bread with burrata
oyster with spicy kohlrabi kraut & sesame
smoked trout, egg & potato porridge (this one was one of my favorites)
duck liver mousse with almond biscuit (these biscuits were so freaking delicious)
rabbit with fontina cheese in the middle. So good.
mendocino sea urchin, ginger-scallion pancake with soy-lime glaze (absolute must)
state bird with provisions (quail is the state bird and what the restaurant is named after)
hamachi-avocado & seaweed cracker (this was Jim’s favorite)
can’t go wrong with bone marrow
Probably the best octopus I’ve tasted… charred octopus in tomato-chickpea salsa
our bottle for the night (great design)
amazing pork belly
chanterelle, persimmon & quinoa
BBQ rabbit (one of the only dishes I didn’t like that much but it had some interesting noodles)
1/2 dozen cast iron quail eggs, apple, sunchokes
I think this was the rabbit but can’t remember
pretty much the entire dessert menu… I highly recommend the birdseed bittersweet chocolate crunch
big thanks to these two for making an unforgettable meal
surprise gift on top of dinner… feel spoiled