In July, the team from Absinthe Brasserie & Bar spent a week in New York, including serving up dinner at the acclaimed James Beard House. Executive Chef Adam Keough then spent the following week in France. And both have offered a bit of inspiration.

So beginning on Wednesday, September 5, Absinthe will be offering a three-course prix-fixe meal featuring some of his favorite dishes from the James Beard dinner. The cost is $65 per person with wine pairings available for an additional $36. A look at the menu below:

Bigeye Tuna Tartare

Niçoise olives, farm egg, haricots verts

François Chidaine, Brut, Montlouis-sur-Loire, Loire Valley, France n.v.


Spring Lamb Crusted with Black Garlic & Panko

cappelletti pasta, carrots, crispy artichoke, lamb jus

Paolo Bea, Umbria Rosso ‘San Valentino,’ Umbria, Italy, sagrantino blend 2007


Tri-Star Strawberry Pavlova

anise-hyssop, cocoa curd

Wenzel, ‘Noble Selection,’ Austria, gelber muskateller 2006

All the dishes will be offered a la carte as well and Absinthe’s regular menu will also be available. The special will be offered through Saturday, September 8.

From Wednesday, September 12 through Saturday, September 15, Keough will be offering a three-course prix-fixe meal inspired by his stage at Les Prés d’Eugénie and his travels in France. The cost is $55 per person, wine pairings for an additional $30.

Capellini Pasta with Buttery Dungeness Crab

periwinkles, broccoli di cicco, Meyer-lemon-truffle bouillon

Jean Gardies, Côtes Catalanes, France, muscat 2010


Slow-Roasted Suckling Pig

Castellana stuffing, potato purée, natural jus

Très Cantous, Gaillac, France, braucol 2011


Traditional Gateau Basque

layered almond cake, cherry preserves

Lapeyre, Magendia, Jurançon, France, petite manseng 2009

For reservations, call Absinthe at (415) 551-1590. Absinthe is located at 398 Hayes Street.



Photo Credit: F. Martin Ramin, Beard Foundation