Last weekend, I had the privilege of peeking behind the proverbial curtain for one of San Francisco’s newest restaurants. Commonwealth, of Mission Street Food heritage, was four days away from opening its doors and I spent a day in the kitchen photographing its chefs and menu for their website.

Billing itself as a “Progressive American” restaurant, the menu is inventive and refreshing, employing the full range between heat and sub-zero temperatures for savory and sweet dishes alike. With a team of Bar Tartine alumni, these are experienced hands at Commonwealth’s stoves, and its soft opening over the weekend clearly demonstrated that. There were some nerves on the floor, which is to be expected, but the quality of the dishes were excellent (don’t miss the compressed watermelon salad or the gnocchi) and at this very reasonable price point ($60 for a five-course chef’s tasting menu; $90 with wine pairings), dining at Commonwealth becomes a very compelling proposition. Here are some images from the shoot to share, and if you’re going to be in town for BlogHer Food come October, be sure to book a table – not only will you have a delicious meal, you’d also be giving something back to the community.

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A big thank you to Jason, Ian and the team for allowing me to snap away in the kitchen as they prepped one dish after another with clockwork precision. The biggest highlight of an already awesome day? Watching liquid nitrogen freeze summer berries in minutes. Now I just need a refrigerator big enough to contain this 4 liter tank.

Commonwealth
2224 Mission Street, San Francisco CA
415-355-1500

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