October 18, 2016

October 18, 2016

Concord grape and fior di latte soft-serve at Tartine Cookies and Cream. Photo via Instagram.

After plying us with all things bread and baked at ~TARTINE MANUFACTORY~, now it’s time to release the ice cream and more with Liz Prueitt’s Tartine Cookies and Cream. It has a separate counter in the Manufactory where you can order.

A highlight is the soft-serve action coming off the top-of-the-line Italian Carpigiani machines, made with local water buffalo milk blended with Jersey cow milk (from Double 8 Dairy), and it’s eggless. The opening flavors are fior di latte, Askinosie dark chocolate ice cream, Ethiopian Yukro-infused coffee ice cream (of course featuring coffee from Coffee Manufactory), and Concord grape sorbet. $3.50 for a small cup, $5 for a medium cup (includes one topping), and $5.75 for a cone (includes one topping). Toppings include pistachio streusel, salty caramel, and more (75 cents each).

And the gluten-intolerant will be happy to see there’s even a blue corn cone, and the ice cream piecrusts are wheat-free as well. About those ice cream pies: right now you can get rocky road, peanut butter and jelly, and lemon ginger ($16/small, $40/large). There are also ice cream sandwiches: the current flavor is ginger-spice fior di latte ($5 each).

Look for more things to be added in time, from dairy-free ice cream to popsicles and more. (Via Inside Scoop.) Hours are daily 11am-5pm for now. 595 Alabama St. at 18th St.


Custom-made bamboo wicker chandeliers at Lao Table. Photo via Facebook.


Sashimi at OzaOza. Yelp photo by Tetsuro O.

A few months ago, I mentioned ~LAO TABLE~ was taking the place of the SoMa Osha Thai (same owner, Lalita Souksamlane), and it’s now open. Some sample dishes on the menu include roasted organic chicken with turmeric and jaew sweet chile dip; and smoked river tilapia relish with Lao’s anchovy, grilled chile, and shallots with a basket of greens. The location was given a nice update, take a look at some pics here. Hours are Mon-Fri 11am-3pm and 5pm-10pm, Sat 5pm-10pm. 149 2nd St. at Natoma, 415-872-9219.

There is a new and traditional kaiseki restaurant that just opened in Japantown called ~OZAOZA~, from owner Tetsuro Ozawa and his wife, Gana Nergui. The multicourse dinner features a set menu ($100), you can take a look here. It’s a small and cozy place: there are only nine counter seats. Open Tue-Sat 5pm-10:30pm. By reservation only. 1700 Post St., Suite K, 2nd floor, at Buchanan, 415-674-4400.

Dogpatch modern Hawaiian outpost ~‘AINA~ is launching dinner service, starting tonight, Tuesday October 18th, in addition to their popular brunch. Chef Jordan Keao’s dinner menu includes pupus like squid ink shrimp chips 
$5) with smoked trout furikake, and Spam bao (

) with Portuguese sweet bread, housemade pork spam, yuzu kosho aioli, and smoked trout roe
. Small kine (starters) feature kiawe wood-smoked BBQ char siu pork ribs (
$13), which are binchotan-grilled with a char siu glaze, with pickled red cabbage and Thai basil
, or there’s ahi limu (red seaweed) poke ($16) with inamona 
(kukui nut) ahi tuna, Hawaiian hearts of palm, smoked sesame oil, shiso, and salicornia

Kau kau (entrées) include Portuguese butter bean cassoulet 
($28) with Stone Valley Farm Portuguese sausage, Iacopi butter beans, edamame cream, pistachio brown butter panko
. No shortage of creativity here; check out the menu online for the full, hunger-inducing lineup.

There are also some low-ABV cocktails and wine, beer, and sake will be available. Dinner service is Tue-Fri 5:30pm-10pm. 900 22nd St. at Minnesota, 415-814-3815.

On again, off again…and on again. That bonkers landlord Les Natali has thankfully extended ~ZAPATA~’s lease for 10 months, just as it was about to expire. Literally. That poor owner Jorge Perez, talk about making things difficult for his staff—according to a Facebook post, they are scrambling to staff up again. Anyway, the tacos will continue. 4150 18th St. at Church, 415-861-4470. (Via Hoodline.)


Sajj wraps. Photo courtesy of Sajj.


Mediterranean bowls at Sajj. Photo courtesy of Sajj.


Recipe testing: a meaty medianoche. Photo courtesy of Media Noche.

While the city has been crying into its hands over the closure of ~MERIGAN SUB SHOP~, the SF real estate market keeps on chugging. Merigan’s Liza Shaw mentioned she had a taker for the location, and the new tenant is ~SAJJ STREET EATS~. I spoke with one of the partners (they are from Jordan, Palestine, and India!), who explained it’s a Mediterranean fast-casual concept, and this will be its fourth location (other locations are in Menlo Park, San Jose, and Mountain View), with a couple of trucks that launched the whole concept three years ago as well.

It’s based on a Chipotle model, where guests come in and can choose from a variety of proteins (chicken or steak shawarma, falafel, pomegranate chicken, kebab specials, and their hybrid: the popular shawafel, a combo of falafel with shawarma), and a format (a sajj wrap, pita, salad, or rice bowl), and then a variety of add-ons, from sumac onions to feta cheese, hummus, pickled cabbage, fresh mint, and spicy tahini. Check out the entire menu here.

You can also order side dishes, like hummus and pita chips, and complimentary lentil soup is served with the main items. It’s all made in-house and ingredients are sourced fresh daily and locally—they care a great deal about consistency and freshness. The proteins are halal, and while the chicken isn’t organic, it’s antibiotic-free and never frozen. There are some house drinks as well, like mint lemonade.

Since there is very little that needs to be done with the space, they plan to open within the first couple of weeks of November. Hours will be Mon-Fri 11am-3pm or so, with plans to see how things go before potentially expanding their hours into the evening. They said they are proud to be in the Merigan space and look forward to meeting the neighbors. 636 2nd St. at Brannan.

Back in September, I broke the news about a new fast-casual Cuban counter coming to SF, called ~MEDIA NOCHE~, specializing in medianoches, those marvelous sandwiches with layers of roast pork, ham, mustard, Swiss cheese, and dill pickles pressed inside sweet egg bread that is not unlike challah. The team (Madelyn Markoe and Jessie Barker)—who has been working with culinary consultant Telmo Faria—just revealed they will be going into the former Radish location. If all stays on schedule, they are slated to open in winter 2017. Follow along on Instagram and get excited. Read the previous post for more. 3465 19th St. at Lexington.


The interior of Pacific Standard Taproom & Growler Station. Photo: Paul Kirchner Studios.


A look at the interior of Saha Berkeley. Photo via Facebook.


Fried chicken Benedict at the new brunch at Revival. Photo via Revival’s website.

There are a bunch of 510 updates for you, so let’s dive in. Am excited for ~JUHU BEACH CLUB~’s chef-owner Preeti Mistry and business partner-wife Ann Nadeau, who are opening a second business, ~NAVI KITCHEN~. Navi is Hindu for “new,” and this casual spot is opening in the spring in the Bakery Lofts in the Triangle neighborhood of Oakland and Emeryville. It will be a counter-style and all-day spot, with Neapolitan-style pizzas with Indian-inspired toppings like chaat masala frying peppers and fenugreek-marinated shallots (take THAT, Zante’s!), plus rotisserie chicken with burnt masala brine in the evening, and sides like tikka masala mac and #grateful stuffing, a daily seasonal curry and rice tiffin, pressed cheese sandwiches, seasonal salads, and even a kid’s menu. Of course, the farmers’ market and seasonality will play a big part in the menu. Brunch will be in the works too. There will also be outdoor seating, a chai bar, coffee, and milk shakes made with Straus soft serve. 5000 Adeline St. at 47th St., Emeryville.

There’s a new Burmese spot, ~THARAPHU BURMESE STREET FOOD~—take a look at their affordable and appealing menu here and here. 2037 Shattuck Ave. at Addison, Berkeley, 510-356-4860. (Via Chowhound.)

Earlier this year, I mentioned craft brewer Half Moon Bay Brewing Company was going to be opening ~PACIFIC STANDARD TAPROOM & GROWLER STATION~, a taproom and bottle shop in downtown Berkeley, and it opens tomorrow (October 19th). There will be 16 to 24 local and regional beers on tap, with up to 50 percent of the beer sourced from the on-site brewery at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, plus ciders and NorCal wines. Executive chef Federico Godinez has assembled a menu with locally sourced meats, cheeses, and produce to complement the taproom’s local beer, wine, and cider. Open Sun-Thu 11am-11pm and Fri-Sat 11am-12am. 2055 Center St. at Shattuck, Berkeley.

Mohamed and Marmee Aboghanem’s Yemenese/Arabic fusion ~SAHA~ has opened in its new Berkeley location. Initial hours are dinner only, Tue-Sun, starting at 5:30pm, and brunch is coming soon, Sat-Sun 10am-2:30pm. 2451 Shattuck Ave. at Haste, Berkeley. (Via Nosh..)

The folks at ~REVIVAL BAR + KITCHEN~ let us know they are serving brunch, with oysters, a fried chicken Benedict, cocktails, and more. Sat-Sun 10am-2:30pm. 2102 Shattuck Ave. at Addison, Berkeley, 510-549-9950.

~BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE~’s third East Bay location, in downtown Berkeley, is now open. You can check out your espresso being made on the sleek Modbar system, and food and pastries are available too. Daily 7am-7pm. 2011 Shattuck Ave. at University, Berkeley. (Via Nosh.)

Things are ramping up at cousins Iso Rabins’ and Matt Johansen’s ~FORAGE KITCHEN~, with the opening of Pal’s Take Away from Jeff Mason in the Forage Kitchen Café (take a look at the menu of sandwiches here), served Mon-Sat 11am-5pm. You can also see a list of the first members/incubator businesses here—just scroll down. More coming soon (and chefs, artisanal food purveyors, and hobbyists are welcome to apply to use the facilities!). Look for Family Meal, a dinner series on second Sundays. 478 25th St. at Telegraph, Oakland.

~4505 BURGERS AND BBQ~ is opening a location in the East Bay, taking over the vintage Glenn’s Hot Dogs in the Laurel District (the owners were ready to retire). Owner Ryan Farr will be adding barbecue to the menu, and ultimately the menu will mimic 4505’s Divisadero location. Look for some outdoor seating and a freshened-up interior, though Farr wants to preserve the old-school vibe. The article in the Chron also mentions Farr’s shift away from whole animal butchery, although he uses humanely raised meats from sustainable ranches. One more piece of news: the end of this month will mark the end of the 4505 stall at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market after seven years of slinging their amazing burgers—it sounds like it was the right time to pull back. 3506 MacArthur Blvd. at 35th Ave., Oakland.

There’s a new restaurant on the water, ~EVE’S WATERFRONT RESTAURANT~, in the former Rusty Scupper, with a modern American grill menu and seafood by chef Bruce Paton, with local beer pairings and cocktails. Open Thu-Fri 4pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-10pm. 15 Embarcadero West near Oak Street, Oakland, 510-827-1248.

And get ready, the official launch of the new CUESA-run ~JACK LONDON SQUARE FARMERS MARKET~ is on Sunday October 30th, with the Jack London Square Farmers Market Harvest Festival. There will be apple cider pressing, a pie contest, mini pumpkin decorating, harvest-themed cooking demos, Halloween costumes, and more. 9am-2pm. Water Street at the base of Broadway in Oakland.