It is about time we revived this weekly roundup of meals and restaurant information from SF and across the Bay — now that there is a actual, regular circulation of restaurant information coming down the pike as soon as once more.
Oof it has been a tough couple years within the native meals scene. And whereas we in all probability should not complain given the sheer variety of semi-miraculous survival tales there have been — and since this can be a fairly prosperous place that loves its eating places fairly laborious, perhaps it was extra about GoFundMe than miracles — there have actually been some losses. Simply final week we realized that AL’s Place is closing, not for pandemic causes however perhaps chalk it as much as the Nice Resignation; and this week it was Manresa, with chef David Kinch saying he is simply would not have any extra fantastic eating vitality left in him.
However beneath is a few largely excellent news to get you thru your weekend:
Bar Piccino, the brand new next-door offshoot of Dogpatch stalwart Piccino, opens tonight at 1003 Minnesota Avenue. Because the team tells Eater, it isn’t precisely Piccino, however a sister idea with a smaller meals menu, couple with a brand new drink menu from bar supervisor Andi Miller, previously of Arguello and Third Rail. The drinks are anchored by a number of Negroni variations, in addition to some tequila- and mezcal creations, and Miller is creating “a superhero aperitif” within the type of a purple bitter that can be a home concoction utilized in a number of drinks. And the meals menu is snack-focused, with some whipped mortadella, a potato tostone with salmon roe, and a few tempura-fried maitake mushrooms. Bar Piccino goes to be open 4 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The brand new, considerably divisive NFT-backed Japanese restaurant and personal membership, SHO, had a groundbreaking ceremony final week at Salesforce Park. SFGate skewered the event and the entire restaurant pitch, which is, admittedly, form of foolish/douchey as a lot NFT stuff is. Questions stay about how a lot vetting goes to get accomplished on the membership itself, notably because the NFTs that bestow membership get resold — as author Alex Shultz places it, “In other words: What happens when a genuine piece of shit snags a secondary market membership?” However SHO Group CEO Josh Sigel assured reporters that there could be “terms and conditions” all members needed to abide by. Base memberships are going for $7,500.
Reem’s California, the acclaimed Mission District bakery/cafe from chef Reem Assil, is opening a brand new location within the Ferry Constructing. Because the Chronicle reports, Reem’s will take over the previous Cowgirl Creamery stall within the meals corridor by late September. You possibly can count on cardamom chilly brew, pita with muhammara, and a few new dishes as nicely.
Hi Felicia proprietor Imana made what appears to have been a untimely announcement this week about opening Sluts, a wine bar, within the former Destino house on Mint Hill. Quick-forward just a few days and it turns out lease negotiations fell through, so she’s again on the hunt for an area in SF or Oakland for the queer-friendly, pure wine bar with meals.
Over on the Chronicle meals desk, Soleil Ho has filed their review of Shuggie’s Trash Pie & Natural Wine (3349 twenty third Avenue), and it isn’t fairly a rave. It perhaps “an imperfect restaurant” Ho writes — citing some less-than-terrific sq. pies with soggy middles, and appetizers meant extra for Instagram than your mouth. Nevertheless it’s nonetheless “a success as a branding exercise,” and it is each “a very visually stimulating restaurant and a working demonstration of how to creatively handle food waste.”
The one and solely Iron Chef, Masaharu Morimoto, is about to open Momosan Santana Row in San Jose, the most recent outpost of his sake and ramen chain which has places in New York Metropolis, Seattle, Waikiki, and some different cities. As Hoodline reports, Morimoto’s second Bay Space restaurant after Morimoto Napa is about to open September 3 within the former Pasta Pomodoro house on the nook of Olsen Drive and Santana Row.
And, a famed ramen chain from Japan, Taishoken, simply opened its second U.S. location in SF’s Mission District at 665 Valencia Avenue (the previous MAU). The restaurant, identified for $35 bowls of lobster ramen and tsukemen, the Tokyo-style ramen with broth on the facet, opened final evening (August 25), because the Chronicle reports.
Picture by Erin Ng by way of Shuggie’s Trash Pie & Pure Wine
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