there is nothing i can say about our meal at saison that could even begin to do it justice. from the complimentary champagne at the bar prior to being seated to the handshake i received from our captain as he put us in a cab at meals end, everything about our experience was superlative. we opted for the extended tasting menu, and while my expectations for the meal were sky high, i will admit that i was somewhat uneasy as the cost of the meal was considerably higher than i had ever paid before. this tinge of uncertainty vanished almost immediately as it was clear from the first bite that we were in good hands. i am not going to comment much on the food as the pics/ingredients really speak for themselves, but i do want to note that i enjoyed chef skenes' caviar dish more than the famous 'oysters and pearls'. with regard to the staff, everyone from the bartender to the gm was very friendly and genuine. i really enjoyed talking restaurants with our captain (matt i believe), and was thrilled that he took the time (unprompted) to write down some lesser known bay area suggestions for me. i have a hard time officially declaring my all time favorite meal, but it is easy for me to say that saison is in that conversation, and i will be stunned if the restaurant does not receive the third michelin star this year.