The cool kids of the Mission flock to this upscale spot, all sleek vibe and warm welcome. Set on one of the neighborhood’s grittiest stretches, the one-story brick building wears its history in the form of an old painted doughnut ad. And though frosted windows keep the environs at bay, Commonwealth cares for its own by donating a portion of profits from each night’s seven-course tasting menu to charity. Everything here is offered à la carte, but most opt for the aforementioned option, for which the cheerful servers are happy to mix and match dishes. The results are as creative and ambitious as the techie-hipster clientele, with breathtakingly beautiful, Asian-influenced bites: think sea urchin under a canopy of seaweed brioche topped with tomato and watermelon pearls, or seared diver scallop in a corn-and-white miso emulsion with tarragon and fennel. Along the way, expect surprises utilizing the best seasonal produce, like tangy sudachi sorbet in a pool of sake soda, or pressed cantaloupe infused with honey and togarashi. All of this pairs nicely with an intriguing, terroir-driven wine list-or if you're feeling adventurous, a nightly frozen cocktail chilled with liquid nitrogen.
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