August 6, 2013

August 6, 2013

A look at the under-construction dining room and long bar. Photo courtesy of 1760.


A look from the pass toward the bar. Photo courtesy of 1760.

Things are chugging along for Gianpaolo Paterlini’s ~1760~ on Polk Street, with the interior definitely taking shape: some preview pics show a long bar (which has mirrors behind the shelving), a kitchen with a large window at the pass so you can look into it, and plenty of windows (the furniture is arriving now). The team is hoping to open this month, but all will be revealed in coming weeks.

Speaking of reveals, you can now take a peek at the initial menu from chef Adam Tortosa, which includes dishes like watermelon gazpacho with Dungeness crab, finger lime, and borage; grilled avocado, shrimp, lime, red onion, and cilantro; beef tartare, Marcona almond, Thai herbs, and chile. There will also be a few pastas, like squid ink linguini, uni, garlic, red pepper, and bread crumb; and corn-stuffed pasta with baked potato butter, potato crunch, and chive (mmmm, mysterious). A fried duck sandwich? Goodness. There is quite the array of flavors and influences; dishes will range from $8-$25.

There are also desserts from pastry chef Riccardo Menicucci, like milk chocolate ganache with hickory ice cream, bourbon caramel, and marshmallow, and caramelized banana fro-yo with peanut butter cake and bacon whipped cream. Get ready for more updates soon!


The former Lot 7 at night. Photo via Facebook.

Locals have wondered who or what is going to take over the former Lot 7 space on oh-so-hot Valencia Street, and I am happy to report it’s the wonderful team behind ~LOLO~ on 22nd Street. I spoke with one of the owners, Jorge Martínez, who tells me they are very excited to acquire the second space, and should be opening something in it before the end of the year. I will keep you posted on their plans, which are in a nascent stage right now. You can rest assured partner and designer Lorena Zertuche will have something clever and colorful in store for us. 974 Valencia St. at 21st St.


The interior of Ramen Izakaya Goku. Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. ©

A Mission pal tipped us off to this one, and then Eater snagged the details: now open in the Mission is ~RAMEN IZAKAYA GOKU~. It comes from owner Eiichi Mochizuki, who also owns Men Oh Ramen, and is within the same family as the Shabuway chain (not to be confused with Subway, where people go to give birth in the restroom).

The menu is different than Mochizuki’s other locations, though, with izakaya-style small plates (beef tataki with yuzu and peppers, sweet and spicy chicken wings) and five kinds of ramen including vegetable miso and classic tonkotsu (our friend said it’s mighty tasty). The small, narrow space has seating in front and back, with a bar at the kitchen for those who like to watch the kitchen. Hours are Tue-Sun 6pm-10pm, though they hope to stay open until 1am starting soon. 3232 16th St. at Guerrero, 415-934-0321.

After the fire that devastated ~CHEZ SPENCER~ back in May, Scoop reports that the building will have to be torn down. Ugh, that gorgeous building, so tragic. Fortunately, owner Laurent Katgely has already found a new spot, this time on 18th Street in the former Suika space. The new location will be much smaller, with only 30 seats, and Katgely intends to use that intimacy to get a little more creative. Diners will choose three-, five-, or eight-course tasting menus based on a list of 10 dishes each evening, with a mix of classic French options and more modern fare. In front, the plan is to put in an informal café called ~SPENCER ON THE GO~ (like his food truck), with similar menu items in a more casual environment. Right now, they’re hoping to be open in late November. 3376 18th St. at Capp.

There’s a new neighborhood spot that just opened in the former Om Shan Tea in the Mission: ~MISSION PUBLIC~. Hat tip to UrbanDaddy for the intel, reporting that Mission Public is just serving breakfast for now, with lunch coming this week and dinner to follow shortly. A menu on Facebook shows sandwiches, some of which are pressed panino-style. They’re pouring De La Paz coffee, with “pop tarts” and other baked goods from Black Jet Baking Co., plus there’s Wi-Fi. Once they expand their hours, look for more substantial fare like potpie, and they’ll add beer when the beer-and-wine license comes through too. Hours for now are Mon-Fri 7:30am-2pm. 233 14th St. at Natoma, 415-525-4175.


The space next door to State Bird Provisions. Photo: ©

As mentioned earlier, ~STATE BIRD PROVISIONS~ is closing at the end of service on Saturday August 10th, and will be closed until about mid-September as they work on their expansion into the space next door. A date has not been set for the reopening yet, so you can’t make any future reservations at the moment, hold yer horses. They expect to know more in a couple of weeks; I’ll keep you updated.

Sunday night was the last night of service for ~PESCE~ at 2227 Polk Street. Chef-owner Ruggero Gadaldi (with Adriano Paganini) are moving the restaurant (and its menu) to the 2223 Market Street location in the Castro, and hope to be open by Wednesday August 14th. We’ll have details (and pics) of the new space in next week’s tablehopper. One thing Gadaldi did mention is the Venetian-style cicchetti will go back to the original one-biters they are intended to be, instead of the tapas-like plates they have evolved into at Pesce on Polk. He’s excited to have a full display of cicchetti by the bar, since they are truly perfect bar bites with wine and cocktails. As for the fate of the original Pesce location, stand by for more on that too.


The dance floor and bar at Rasselas Jazz Club. Photo from Facebook.

Adriano Paganini, part of the team behind the Super Duper burger chain, Beretta, Lolinda, and Delarosa, is opening a taqueria downtown, the Scoop reports. It will be in the former location of Sellers Markets, and Paganini plans to call it ~UNO DOS TACOS~ (although that may change). He says they won’t be doing customizable-style service à la Chipotle. Instead, look for simple, authentic Mexican platters of high-quality meat and produce, with housemade salsa and tortillas. The space is large (3,000 square feet), and will seat about 50 inside, plus another 40 on the outdoor patio. Opening is slated for this fall. 595 Market St. at 2nd St.

After almost 30 years (open since 1986) of serving Ethiopian food and live music in San Francisco, ~RASSELAS JAZZ CLUB AND RESTAURANT~ is sadly closing. Scoop reports their last day is Saturday August 17th; you can read details of their farewell party (and note) on their Facebook page. No word on the upcoming project, called Era Restaurant, that is taking its place (from owner Lily Nguyen). 1534 Fillmore St. at Geary.


The exterior at Hanami. Photo: Rebecca Kinney. ©


The patio at Nopalito. Photo: Rebecca Kinney. ©

~HANAMI BRASSERIE~, a new sushi spot, is now open in the former ~FULL MOON THAI BISTRO~ location on 9th Avenue (we mentioned that one awhile back). The space, which seats 45, includes a 6-seat chef’s counter and warm yellow walls with black wide-plank wood flooring. There are cushy white leather chairs at some tables and bench seating at others, plus red glass pendant lamps. There are cute details, too, like LED lights that look like plum blossoms above the chef’s counter. One wall of the front dining room is filled by an inset shadow box displaying a variety of sake flasks and cups, with a different set in each box.

In the food department, they’ve got most of the sushi standbys, with some more inventive dishes like sea bass with braised shimeji mushroom or the, ahem, asparagus tempura, shrimp, and salmon spring roll with “sweaty sour sauce” (that has got to be one of the best menu translations we’ve seen in a long time). Take a look at the full menu here and the drink list here. There are also plans to open a back patio in the future. Hours are Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm and Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm. 1220 9th Ave. at Lincoln, 415-564-2222.

Those of you who like to enjoy your pozole alfresco will be happy to know the front part of ~NOPALITO ON 9TH~’s patio is now open, with 12-15 seats. The back patio will hold around 30 additional seats and will open for general seating once our Indian summer arrives (it’s coming, right?). The back patio is reportedly teeming with jasmine and other vining foliage, so it will smell heavenly once it opens. For now, the back patio is only available for small parties and buyouts. 1224 9th Ave. at Lincoln, 415-233-9966.


Schnitzel and potatoes from Little Red Riding Truck. Photo from Facebook.

The Local Motion series continues at the W’s ~TRACE~ on Tuesday August 20th. This time around, they’ll be joined by Little Red Riding Truck, purveyor of German vittles—it certainly is cold enough these days to enjoy a big, hearty, German feast. It all kicks off at 7pm with cocktails and appetizers (currywurst!), and then continues with a family-style meal of dishes including potato pancakes, pork schnitzel, beef short rib sauerbraten, and Black Forest cake for a strong finish. The dinner costs $55 per person (including tax, tip, and service fee), and cocktail pairings are available for an additional $25; tickets here.

For more German delicacies, check out an evening of riesling at ~RN74~ on Thursday August 8th. From 5:30pm-9:30pm, bottles of riesling will be flowing and flipping on the market board (including a 42-year-old one) alongside dishes from chef Adam Sobel like mini pork schnitzels with glazed peach and toasted almonds, or warm pretzels with riesling fondue. Glass prices will range from $8-$40.

And this is not German, but how about a pop-up dish for you? On Tuesday August 6th (that’s today!), ~BLUESTEM BRASSERIE~ is hosting New Zealand chef Al Brown (and New Zealand wine expert David Strada) from 6:30pm-7:30pm for a guest appearance. Starting tonight, you can try chef Francis Hogan’s dish inspired by classic steak frites but using New Zealand ingredients: pan-seared Cervena venison loin (you have never tasted venison like this) with taro frites, a pinot noir gastrique, and peach and blue cheese salad, plus kiwi-pluot pavlova for dessert, all for $35. (It will be on the menu for a week.)


On the half shell at OysterFest 2012. Photo from Facebook.

On Sunday September 1st, make your way to the patio at ~WATERBAR~ for its fifth annual OysterFest, a full-tilt celebration of the delicious little buggers (whether vegans will want to attend or not remains up for debate). In addition to a variety of oysters on the half shell, you’ll find small bites from the likes of EPIC Roasthouse, Farallon, and Waiheke Island Yacht Club. There will also be many offerings from New Zealand—including beer and wine—as a nod to Waterbar’s partnership with New Zealand for the America’s Cup. The party runs from 12pm-3pm, and also includes a hot sauce contest. Hawt.

All proceeds benefit the San Francisco Surfrider Foundation, and tickets are $60 per person, all-inclusive. We’re telling you about this now because the event sells out. Hop to it.


Duuuuuude, bacon. Most excellent.

Okay bacon lovers who just can’t get enough of the stuff no matter how much people say it has jumped the shark, this event is for you: Sunday August 25th is the first ~SAN FRANCISCO BACON AND BEER FESTIVAL~ at the Fairmont. The event is put on by Eat Boston and is a celebration of all things bacon-y and sudsy, with more than 45 restaurants and breweries participating. Haven, Tacolicious, Nojo, Hopscotch, and Fatted Calf are just a few of the talented bacon pushers who will be in attendance, offering dishes using Zoe’s Meats.

Breweries including Lagunitas, Knee Deep, and Drake’s will be on hand as well, pouring their best bacon-friendly brews (aren’t all brews bacon-friendly?). The event runs from 2:30pm-5pm and tickets are $50 general admission and $65 for VIP, or “baller,” tickets. Proceeds benefit Sprouts Cooking Club, a local organization committed to teaching underserved youngsters how to cook and enjoy healthful, fresh food. 950 Mason St. at Sacramento, 415-772-5000.


The front entrance at O Chamé. Yelp photo by Toro E.

Back in June, tablehopper broke the news that Donato Scotti of Donato Enoteca in Redwood City was going to be opening his own project in the ~BORGO ITALIA~ space in Oakland. His restaurant ~DESCO~ is now open; you can look at the menu (full of handmade pastas) here. There are also Neapolitan pizze and schiacciate cooked in a wood-fired oven. There is also full liquor, outdoor seating, and lunch is starting in two weeks (dinner only for now)! Hours will be Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. 499 9th St. at Washington, Oakland, 510-663-9000.

As mentioned in tablehopper last week, Berkeley’s ~O CHAMÉ~ has sadly closed. Well, according to Scoop, it turns out that it’s been taken over by Shotaro Kamio, who has been running the show at Yoshi’s locations in both Oakland and San Francisco for years. Now, he and O Chamé’s owner David Vardy have reportedly been working together to transition the new space into Kamio’s hands. More details, including a new name, are due in the coming weeks. 1830 4th St. at Hearst, Berkeley.

Every Monday in August, head to ~BEAUTY’S BAGEL SHOP~ for a brisket pop-up from Augie’s Montreal Smoke Meat. From 11am-3pm, you can check out their Montreal-style smoked and cured brisket. On Fridays, Beauty’s is also making bagel dogs, and they’re available starting around noon. Call ahead to make sure they’ve still got ‘em! 3838 Telegraph Ave. at 40th St., Oakland, 510-788-6098.

Here are some opportunities to help out some upcoming Oakland projects. First up, ~CURBSIDE CREAMERY~ is trying to move into the Temescal Alley, and they’ve got a final push for their Kickstarter campaign to raise the necessary funds. A mere $5 contribution gets you a scoop of ice cream, plus the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping out in a big way. You can also throw down for Top Chefs Jennifer Biesty and Tim Nugent, who are opening ~SHAKEWELL~ in Oakland’s Lakeshore neighborhood. Contributions to their Kickstarter start at just $5 dollars, so lend them a hand!


The patio at Ram’s Gate. Photo courtesy Ram’s Gate.

Enjoy some summertime movie fun at ~RAM’S GATE WINERY~ on Thursdays this August. Starting Thursday August 8th, they’ll be screening a different film every week, including Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Princess Bride, and Field of Dreams. Each movie costs $20 general admission or $10 for wine club members, and includes a glass of Carneros chardonnay or Sonoma County pinot noir, plus snacks from chef Taylr Behnam (like lobster grilled cheese, and vegetable or pork belly banh mi). Doors open at 7:30pm and movies begin at 8pm. Reservations can be made by email or by calling. 28700 Arnold Dr. at Mangel Ranch, Sonoma, 707-721-8700.

~FARMSHOP~ in Larkspur’s Marin Country Mart is now open for weekend lunch. Every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am-3pm, they’ll be offering a menu of seasonal cuisine, including a few brunch-type items, like coddled eggs and Wise Sons’ pastrami and eggs, plus more lunch-oriented fare like grilled skirt steak and shrimp and cod fritters. They’ve also added a selection of cocktails, including a Bloody Mary and The Admiral (that’s Goldrun Rye, ginger shrub, honey, and lemon); take a look at the cocktail list here. 2233 Larkspur Landing Circle at Sir Francis Drake, Larkspur, 415-755-6700.