We all love fine dining. Especially if you’re being treated to the ritzy. That’s why Dogue Restaurant in San Francisco is extending that opportunity, to pets! That’s right- you can treat your precious furbaby to a delicious, delicately crafted meal that will have them slobbering for more. Not a surprise for the city of foodies.
Dogue opened last month in the Mission District. The ritzy restaurant with for your four-legged friends offers a $75 “bone appetite” multi-course meal. Run by Rahmi Massarweh, a trained chef and dog-lover, patrons’ pets can enjoy a cuisine fit for a king. Pets will be spoiled with a capital S. Menu items include filet mignon steak tartar with quail egg and chicken skin waffles. Owners will also be offered a treat in the form of a mimosa and a baked good.
Massarweh created Dogue after becoming overwhelmed by the stress and tension of running a fine dining restaurant. He decided instead to run a fancy cafe for patrons with wet noses instead of picky palettes. But his background in fine dining means that every ingredient is fresh and human-grade.
“When we make our food, it is a process. It is very time-consuming. There is a lot of technique. There’s a lot of method and detail to what we do,” Massarweh says. “Our pastries, for example, take about two days on average to make. I know they’re going to be eaten in two seconds.”
The Message of Fresh Ingredients
There is an ulterior motive to the time-consuming process of preparing meals for the canine customers. Massarweh’s main goal is to raise awareness about the health benefits of natural ingredients for pets. Naturally sourced ingredients are often easier on the tummies of pets, and beneficial for their teeth and coats.
The price point for Dogue has caused some backlash, coming under fire for being exclusionary for multiple reasons. But Massarweh has experienced nothing but gratitude from customers. For many, their pets are their family. Being able to show that appreciation with a delicious, natural meal is attractive and fun.
So next time you’re in the San Francisco area, and your pet’s belly starts rumbling, maybe take them out for a little taste of the gourmet life.