C California Style

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by C California Style

“While Atelier Crenn is an homage to my father, Petit Crenn celebrates the women in my life,”

says Michelin-starred chef Dominique Crenn of the guiding impulse for her second eatery, newly opened in the former Bar Jules location in S.F.’s Hayes Valley. The expatriate’s upbringing in the coastal French region of Brittany informed not only the very personal seasonal menu (“It’s what I used to eat at my mother and grandmother’s table,” says Crenn), but also the overall dining experience: Two nightly seatings serve up prix fixe family-style dishes like whole roasted trout and escargot in mushroom broth, with an array of Breton ciders on hand to complement the all-seafood and vegetable menu. Meanwhile, breakfast and lunch offer a faithful interpretation of classics such as oeufs à la coque, tartines and buckwheat crepes. Says Crenn, “It is a taste of Brittany’s simple and rustic food: lighter, more thoughtful, delicious and interactive.” 609 Hayes St., S.F., 415-864-1744; petitcrenn.com. • Lindsay Kindelon

Edited by LESLEY McKENZIE.

“It’s a little piece of heaven—very European-feeling,” says chef Dominique Crenn of the mostly white Petit Crenn space, where rope-corded pendant lights nod to the maritime heritage of her native Brittany, France. PHOTO: Michael David Rose.

“It’s a little piece of heaven—very European-feeling,” says chef Dominique Crenn of the mostly white Petit Crenn space, where rope-corded pendant lights nod to the maritime heritage of her native Brittany, France. PHOTO: Michael David Rose.