The first time I dined at The Perennial, I was “hooked” immediately. Along with the delicious food that champions the “farm-to-table” concept and local ingredients, this place attracted me with their business philosophy: Food can be part of the climate change solution. I would encourage you to take a look at The Perennial’s current projects and learn more about how they incorporate mission-driven initiatives that benefit our environment into the daily business operations, from carbon farming to aquaponic greenhouse, to the restaurant’s efficient interior design. The Perennial is one of the first restaurants in the U.S. to use Kernza, a new wheat with superpowers to fight climate change and stop soil erosion. As this article on Eater put it, Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz, the husband-and-wife restaurateurs “hope to create a platform for experimentation in service of a new food system.”
Recently, the restaurant also launched the Perennial Farming Initiative, a 501.c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to combating climate change from a culinary perspective. Please check it out and support a mission-driven restaurant!
Cauliflower gnocchi with morels: fresh cheese, grilled apples, nettles, preserved meyer lemon
Chrisp and tender grains: turnips, mushroom broth, local cheese
Double shucked English peas: coffee creme fraiche, cucumber, chrysanthemum
Eggplant toast with Kernza: cucumber oil and grilled rose petals. Kernza is a perennial wheatgrass with low gluten content and superpowers to fight soil erosion.
The open kitchen area – you can watch chefs cooking while eating.
Pastured lamb: kale, kohlrabi, lamb fat carrots, Cuban oregano. Look at that pink color!
Pumpkin seed bisque: turnips, mushroom, broth, local cheese. This is my favorite dish of the entire night. It is so creamy but not in an overwhelming way like a clam chowder.
Spring trout: snap pea, fava bean and maitake ragu, mussel broth. I got a bite from my friend Lisa’s plate =)
Bourbon chocolate ganache: elderflower, apricot, coffee crumble. Although I really love the coffee crumbles, I found the ganache to be too salty.
Location: 59 Ninth St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Average per person: $30 – $50
Friday – Saturday 5:30-10:00pm
Monday – Thursday 5:30-9:00pm
Open at 3pm Monday – Saturday
Happy Hour Specials 3pm – 6pm