I had the opportunity to be invited to an intimate chef's tasting menu at 1601 Bar & Kitchen a while ago, and it's still a meal I wish I can relive over and over again. It was my first time having Sri Lankan cuisine, so I really had no expectations of it, only pure excitement. After the first dish, I immediately started questioning why it took me so long to try Sri Lankan cuisine.
The exquisite tasting consisted of 15 dishes with wine pairing including the opportunity to watch Chef Brian Fernando make a traditional egg hopper. It was such a treat to be able to see it first-hand and then head to our seat to taste it moments after making it. It's evident in his dishes how his heritage plays a role and it's a cool thing when you instantly start thinking of a dish as 'comfort food' despite never having it before.
1601 offers both à la carte and the tasting menu, which I certainly recommend going with.
1601 Bar & Kitchen / 1601 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103