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As Chef Laurent Manrique has learned, combining simplicity with challenge walks a tightrope between passion for one’s craft and a desire to constantly seek new opportunities. Currently, Laurent commutes between San Francisco and New York to oversee concepts in each location. Café de la Presse, a renowned Parisian-inspired bistro owned by Laurent, in addition to Blanc et Rouge and Rouge et Blanc, two stylish wine bars in downtown San Francisco, enjoy distinction among the city’s most popular dining and entertainment destinations. Laurent’s New York project, Millésime, an upscale seafood brasserie in the historic Carlton hotel on Madison Avenue, is slated to open in November 2010.
After 2010, the latest project was opening on Aquitaine Wine Bistro in 2013.

Here are some of the many accolades Laurent and his restaurants have earned:

Aquitaine Wine Bistro: Michael Bauer's Review of Aquitaine
People Magazine: Best French Fries in San Francisco
• "Aquitaine has flavor of France, and is no mere wine bar." ~ Michael Bauer • Millesime: Best New Restaurants, Esquire Magazine, 2011
Millesime: Two Stars, New York Times, 2011
Millesime: Two and a Half Stars, New York Post, 2011
Millesime: 3 stars, #1 New Restaurant of the Year, New York Journal, 2011
Aqua: Two Stars, Michelin Guide, 2008
Aqua: Two Stars, Michelin Guide, 2007
Aqua: “Best Business Lunch,” 7x7 Magazine, 2007
Aqua: Two Stars, Michelin Guide, 2006
Aqua: “San Francisco’s Best Restaurants,” Wine Spectator, 2006
Aqua: Three and a Half Stars, San Francisco Chronicle, 2004
Aqua: “Best of the Best of 2004,” Robb Report
Aqua: “Best in Chow,” San Francisco Magazine, 2004
Campton Place: “Top 10 Best Restaurants in the Bay Area,” Gourmet, 2000
Campton Place: “50 Best Hotel Restaurants,” Food and Wine, 2000
Fifth Floor: One Star, Michelin Guide, 2008
• “Rising Star Chef,” Bon Appetit, 1998
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Contact: laurent.manrique@gmail.com