A new fine-dining restaurant in the Bay Area has gone to the dogs.
While some restaurants welcome customers’ furry companions during a seated meal, Dogue — which opened September 25 in San Francisco’s Mission District — only serves dogs.
Owner and chef Rahmi Massarweh said Dogue may be the first restaurant in the country to offer a tasting menu exclusively for dogs. It offers carefully prepared pastries from the in-house “Pawtisserie” and French-inspired dishes with local organic ingredients.
“What we do doesn’t exist in general,” Massarweh told the Times. “My approach is like it’s a human restaurant. It’s like you came to my restaurant and the star guest is your dog.”
During the weekdays, Dogue serves Parisian pastries and “dogguccinos” that start at $4.95. A $75 three-course meal — which is seasonal and changes frequently — is served to Sunday visitors only. According to Massarweh, pet owners can choose from a variety of dishes to serve their trusty companions, such as organic beef chuck steak with fermented carrots and beets or green-lipped mussels with fermented carrots and wheatgrass.
Massarweh prepares and presents every dish – even the ones he cooks for his dogs each night: Grizzly, Luna, Achilles and Sir Wellington.
Burnt out after nearly a dozen years of working in the hospitality industry, Massarweh stepped out of the kitchen in 2015 to open a dog daycare with his wife. He continued to prepare freshly cooked food for his dogs daily and eventually began preparing the same portions in weekly dog bags for his private day care clients.
He said he asked his vet for help refining the dishes to ensure they’re complete, balanced, and contain dog-safe ingredients.
Jason Villacampa said he found out about Dogue after seeing a photo of one of the elaborate pastries on his Instagram feed. He brought his corgis, Captain and Tony, to the restaurant’s grand opening, he said, where the pups ate chicken and chaga mushroom soup, a chicken skin waffle with charcoal flan and grass-fed steak tartare with microgreens.
“Food is a language of love, and I think it’s another way to express and share love with your dog,” Villacampa said. “It’s a way to take care of them and share healthy but fun food.”
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