May 21, 2019

May 21, 2019
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One of the many sweet treats at ONE65 Patisserie & Boutique. Photo courtesy of ONE65.

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The original dashimaki tamago sandwich at Ichi Sando. Yelp photo by Judy M.

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Presidio Twilight returns for its sixth year, now with lawn domes. Photo: Jesus Camacho.

So, the very first part of the multi-level ~ONE65~ from chef/partner Claude Le Tohic has opened in Union Square: ONE65 Patisserie & Boutique. Located on the street level, you’ll find a contemporary French patisserie experience, with breakfast and lunch service, and classic bistro seating in a black-and-white space designed by D-Scheme Studio. Freshly baked breads, pastries, chocolates, ice cream, macarons, and more are available. There is also barista service and a selection of wines on tap. Open Mon-Sat 7:30am-7pm and Sun 8:30am-4pm.

ONE65 Patisserie & Boutique is the first of the four restaurants to open, with ONE65 Bistro (opening May 24th), Elements at ONE65 (opening May 24th) and O’ by Claude Le Tohic (opening June 6th) to follow. I’ll have more on all that in coming issues! 165 O’Farrell St. at Powell.

In case you want to go blow some serious cash, another omakase sushi restaurant has opened in the space that Hashida was supposed to be in. The new restaurant is ~SUSHI NAGAI~, with chef Tomonori Nagai’s menu starting at $200. 125 Ellis St. at Cyril Magnin.

Japanese sandwiches with katsu, tamago, and more are beginning to trend stateside, and we now have not one but two new places serving them. Newly open in Japantown is ~ICHI SANDO~ (no relation to our beloved Ichi Sushi), serving four modern versions of Japanese sandwiches: dashimaki tamago in soft, white milk bread, along with a cheese version, or prosciutto, or mentaiko (with cod roe), and you get your choice of sauce. Also on the menu: a sweet version of the sandwiches (strawberry cream), a couple desserts (like shaved milk with chocolate ice cream, red beans, mochi, and shaved milk), and milk teas, including a strawberry latte. Open Wed-Sun 11:30am-9pm. 1581 Webster St. at Post.

The other location is ~CAFE OKAWARI~ in China Basin, which includes a chicken katsu sandwich, along with a couple bowls (chirashi, vegan), a salad, and an onsen tamago dish (poached egg and rice with toppings). I tried to get some info but no word on soft-opening hours, follow their Insta for updates. 236 Townsend St. at Clyde.

Breakfast fanatics know Nob Hill’s Mymy well, and now the owners have opened ~PLAIN JANE~ in the former Hoffman’s in the Mission, serving brunch dishes like smoked duck breast hash, an oyster mushroom scramble, or a trio of pancakes in their sweet flight (red velvet pancake, a cottage cheese pancake, and pan de mie custardy French toast), which I showed a picture of to a friend and he replied, “That looks like a nap waiting to happen.” Purr. Open daily 8am-2:30pm. 1000 Guerrero St. at 22nd St.

There’s a new Turkish place in Bernal called ~SHISH KE BABA~, serving dips, housemade breads and pies (boreks), soups, kebabs, and wraps. And it’s priced right: an adana kebab platter (with rice and sides) is just $16. Open daily 11am-9pm. 59 30th St. at San Jose, 415-926-8955.

If you were sad over the closure of ~DUMPLING KITCHEN~, it ends up the father couldn’t stay retired for long, so Paul Yu and his daughter Rebecca have reopened as ~DUMPLING SPECIALIST~ in a nearby location in Parkside, serving their housemade dumplings once again. It’s a tiny space, open Thu-Tue 11am-2:30pm and 5pm-8pm. 1123 Taraval St. at 21st Ave. [Via Eater.]

As mentioned in a previous tablehopper, ~COOK SHOPPE~ is now open in the former Chow on Church, with an updated space full of plants and a lighter look. The new menu is still approachable with a comfort-driven style, but certainly pricier than before (but, that’s SF these days, and at least they’re using sustainable, organic, and housemade ingredients). Hours are Mon-Thu 11am-10:30pm, Fri 11am-12am, Sat 10am-12am, and Sun 10am-10:30pm. 215 Church St. at Market, 415-552-2469.

And just so you know, Presidio Twilight has returned on Thursday evenings, bringing food trucks, live DJs, fire pits, and a full bar every Thursday from 5pm-9pm. This year includes some lawn domes to keep you even cozier.

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Some of chef Nora Haron’s dishes at Local Kitchen in SF. Photo: Albert Law.

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Hayes Valley is really lucky to be the future home of Gioia’s crazy-delicious pizza. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Great news for folks who were previously loving chef Nora Haron’s Singaporean-Indonesian-Californian cuisine while she was at Oakland’s Drip Line Cafe—she is now in San Francisco at ~LOCAL KITCHEN~, a 10-year-old SoMa restaurant from owner Jeff Handy. She will reprise some of her popular dishes, like chicken satay skewers, lamb meatballs, Singaporean chicken rice, and za’aar roti.

She’s also going to be putting her baking skills to work (while she was the head kitchen manager and culinary operations manager for Blue Bottle, she was known for making some awesome sourdough pastries). Look for some sourdough pizzas, with toppings like beef rendang (braised brisket, mozzarella, roasted pineapple, micro basil), and baked goods like kaya toast and pandan cake are also in the works. There’s an extensive wine list and cocktails as well to go with your laksa or Singaporean chicken rice. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-10pm; Sat 5:30pm-10pm, Sun 5:30pm-9pm. 330 1st St. at Folsom.

And I’ll be writing about these two spots in the next issue, but just so you know, ~FLOUR + WATER PIZZERIA~ from chef Thomas McNaughton is due to open by late May in the former Farina Pizzeria space on Valencia in the Mission. Stand by for THE BIG SLICE, which is basically a quarter of a pizza, and I am here for it. Hours will be 11am-11pm. 700 Valencia St. at 18th St.

And I just received word that the upcoming ~GIOIA PIZZERIA~ Hayes Valley (in the former Two Sisters Bar & Books space) is opening Friday June 7th. Details in the next issue. 579 Hayes St. at Octavia.

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The cheerful and colorful dining room at Dyafa. Photo: Connor Bruce.

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Rum punch is an instant party at Kaya. Photo courtesy of Becca PR.

First, Heena Patel of Besharam announced she was splitting off from Daniel Patterson’s Alta Group, and now Nigel Jones of Kaya has ended his partnership and closed the restaurant (you’ll still be able to find him at Kingston 11, his restaurant in Oakland). And this just in: Reem Assil of Dyafa at Jack London Square is terminating her consulting agreement with Alta Group on August 9th. Read more about the issues afoot in Alta Group in this SF Chronicle piece.

After a year in business, ~DABBA~ is closing its Marina location—they are focusing on a new franchise partnership; the popular SoMa location will remain open. [Via Eater.]

And after 12 years in business on Bernal, ~AVEDANO’S~ butcher shop has decided to close on Sunday June 30th. It ends up their rent has more than doubled, and their building, and the building next door which houses their private dining room (the Udder Room), kitchen, bathroom, general storage, and production space have been sold. Add in labor issues, the fact that many people get their groceries delivered, and other hardships, and they have decided to close, unless someone comes up with some bright idea with how they can continue, or some iteration of the business. You can read the full note on their website. Best wishes. 235 Cortland Ave. at Bonview.

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The Calabrian XO-fried egg on a grilled pork blade chop at Prairie’s new brunch. Photo courtesy of Prairie.

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The stylish interior of True Laurel. Photo: Aubrie Pick Photo.

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Carolina Gold rice grits with roasted mushrooms and a slow-cooked egg yolk. Photo: Aubrie Pick Photo.

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A lineup of some of the brunch dishes at Mestiza Taqueria. Photo courtesy of Mestiza.

It’s time to add some extra-deliciousness to your weekend brunch lineup. Serving brunch both Sat-Sun is ~PRAIRIE~, with chef-owner Anthony Strong cookin’ up some truly creative dishes that speak to me, like a grilled pork blade chop with a Calabrian XO fried egg. You can also get that egg on a Carolina Gold rice waffle with salted maple butter, uh huh. Pressed omelet sandwich. Bellwether sheep’s milk yogurt danish with slow-roasted strawberries. So much goodness.

And they have all their awesome cocktails featuring fresh juices. Brunch is serrrrrved. Plus: reservations! Sat-Sun 11am-2:30pm. 3431 19th St. at San Carlos.

Also in the Mission, ~TRUE LAUREL~ has kicked off weekend brunch service from chef David Barzelay and chef de cuisine Geoff Davis, with dishes like lamb carnitas and spring greens, asparagus, peas, and a cast-iron sizzled egg; heirloom cornmeal pancakes with sweet corn butter and smoked maple syrup; and soft-scrambled eggs with chicken confit, housemade fermented hot sauce, chives, and lots of butter. You can also get that sick patty melt they do so well, and top it with a beef fat-fried egg. Lawdy.

Some new brunch cocktails from their talented bar (led by Nicolas Torres) will also in the house, like the True Brew (Grand cold brew, Caffè Amaro, PX Sherry, cold crème), and the bar will stay open after brunch service into dinner service. That stylish room is also going to look great during the day. Sat-Sun 11am-2pm. No reservations. 753 Alabama St. at 19th St.

Over at ~MESTIZA TAQUERIA~ in SoMa, brunch is in effect, now we just need the weather to warm up so we can take full advantage of their awesome, tropical patio. They’re also bringing in live DJs, plus hosting a mini-mercado with locally made crafts.

Start with some malasadas, move toward some chilaquiles verdes (with lemongrass chicken) or a choose-your-own silog bowl, like with Filipino pork adobo. And then there are Carlos’s cochinita pibil tacos, along with some low-ABV brunch cocktails and a killer-sounding and spiced coffee drink, the Mokkapino. Sign me up! Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10:30am-2:30pm. 595 Bryant St. at 4th St.

I have already mentioned all the wondrous things happening over at ~DANDELION CHOCOLATE~’s new factory, café, and retail shop in the Mission, and now they have launched their breakfast service and afternoon chocolate experiences at Bloom Chocolate Salon, such as chocolate and ice cream tastings.

Executive pastry chef Lisa Vega has put together a breakfast menu that includes cake for breakfast, a chocolate chip pancake cake with vanilla cream and chocolate maple sauce, along with other delish picks that will make you want to schedule your next morning meeting in this chic space. Afternoon service will offer signature experiences, including Afternoon Chocolate with classic French pastries and hot chocolate, served in the traditional style of afternoon tea. Bloom is open Tue-Sun 9am-6pm, with breakfast until 11:30am. 2600 16th St. at Alabama.

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