I’ve been to Manresa several times. I’ve been both when she was CDC and after she left. For what it’s worth, I preferred the individual dishes and menu as a whole when she was Manresa’s CDC. The talent is there (it’s also there with chef Mitch, I just didn’t care for the menu that night I last visited).
With that said, I have maintained the opinion that Manresa is 2* Michelin, not 3*, at least according to my tastes and experience. I’ve had 2 great dishes there (under chef Largey), but otherwise mostly good dishes. I’ve dined at Manresa and Saison on back to back nights and Manresa and the Restaurant At Meadowood I’m back to back nights. In both cases, the difference between Manresa and the others was apparent both to me and my party, though Manresa was good and certainly nothing to sneeze at.
With that said, I do think she is talented and has potential. I haven’t been to Simone yet but I think it’s early yet and given her technical prowess she can get things dialed in. It sounds like some calibration is needed to realize her potential but the ingredients are there to make this a good restaurant. I’d give it a few seasons to find their groove with the food style and menu.