In Situ is a very unique restaurant in a few ways. First it is serving fine dining food in the Museum of Modern Art and secondly, and most importantly, it’s not serving original dishes. Instead Chef Lee was tapped to create a restaurant that features the greatest hits of restaurants all over the world. He and his team spent considerable time traveling to kitchens across the world to learn how to faithfully recreate the dishes back in SF. The bar menu is different from the dining room menu, which in reality is just one big room split by a long service table, and thankfully I was able to order the one dish from the bar menu in the dining room that I wanted.
I picked these dishes for very different reason. Fried chicken well it’s fried chicken so can’t turn that down. The stone crab reminds me of my favorite dish at a different restaurant in Hong Kong that uses lobster with the egg white. The crab and egg were amazing but the Chinese wine took a bit away for me, probably since it conflicted with my memory of the dish. Lastly Osteria Francescana is one of the top restaurants in the world and since didn’t get to go when we were in Italy a few years ago wanted to try one of their dishes. Also helped that I knew it would be a very fun presentation.