In addition to the aforementioned Asian fast-casual project Fat Noodle, Saison chef Joshua Skenes has got another, as-yet-unnamed side project in the works. As Eater reports, Skenes is on the hunt for a small spot in SoMa or the Financial District to open up a joint venture with former Hamano Sushi chef Jiro Lin, with whom he's currently collaborating on a chef's counter dinner series at Saison. The idea is to find somewhere where Lin can have "a small omakase counter" and showcase his talents and as noted by Tablehopper back in April, Skenes has huge respect for Lin and has called him the best sushi chef working in San Francisco right now.
Prior to his work at Hamano in Noe Valley, Lin trained at Bikkuri Zuzhi and Maguro Hanamigawa in Japan.
Skenes and Lin are currently offering a special tasting menu, in addition to Saison's regular menu, at the eight-seat chef's counter, starting at $225 per person, featuring a daily changing selection of nigiri as well as a soup course, caviar, a Japanese pickle course, and a closer of fruit and tea. The menu goes up in price as you add courses you can have as many courses of nigiri as you want. It's available Tuesday through Saturday, by reservation at 415-716-6008, and wine pairings are an additional $100. The special "pop-up" collaboration was only supposed to go on until May 30, but they've now extended it into June.
And it's possible that the new restaurant they're talking about will just be called Jiro, since they've already locked down the URL jirosanfrancisco.com.