Chef Moves and Menu Updates

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The cheerful exterior of Stones Throw. Photo courtesy of Stones Throw.

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The dining room at Trestle. Photo courtesy Trestle.

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Don’t miss the swell cocktails at Nico from Simone Mims. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

A couple of quick updates, first in the Hi Neighbor Hospitality Group: chef Robin Song has moved on from Gibson (as I previously reported) and is now chef de cuisine of ~STONES THROW~ in Russian Hill. He’s collaborating with group executive chef Jason Halverson on updating the menu, come by for some of his summer dishes.

Meanwhile, over at ~TRESTLE~ in North Beach, the new executive chef is Claudio Dell’Anno (previously Belgium’s Ciccio, Le Gavroche in London, De Librije in the Netherlands, and LA’s Bestia and Papilles). Look for some updates to the restaurant’s popular $38 three-course prix-fixe menu.

Over at ~ASTER~, chef Brett Cooper has transitioned the four-course menu to a seven-course menu, now $135, with an optional sommelier pairing for an additional $79. I ran into Brett in the neighborhood, and he said guests were happy to have an upgraded tasting experience. And with summer produce in full swing, you can be sure his vegetable-driven menu is really shining right now.

Have you had a chance to check out the new ~NICO~ location in North Beach yet? It’s really a beaut, and they just launched their new six-course chef’s choice menu ($85) in case you want an excuse to return! They have also added a dish that is going to remain a constant: pithivier, with savory layers of aged duck, duck stuffing, and foie gras wrapped in puff pastry and served with seasonal purée and greens. (Lipitor supplement is up to you.) You can also opt for wine pairings from GM and wine director Gideon Levine for $75, and do not miss a cocktail from bar manager Simone Mims, they are magic.