There’s a new chef at ~LE CLUB~ on Nob Hill, and she is quite the talent (the space has a history of great chefs, including Melissa Perello back when it was Charles Nob Hill). Lovers/followers of the blog Ms. Glaze’s Pommes d’Amour will recognize the name Amy Glaze, who recently moved to San Francisco from New York, where she was cooking at Le Bernardin for two years—she left as the senior line cook (prior to that, she was in Paris for three-plus years at Guy Savoy). It ends up when she previously lived in San Francisco, she cooked at Ristorante Ecco on South Park back in the day, and owner Gina Milano and Glaze have been friends for 16 years.
Since she just started three weeks ago, she is ramping things up first with a bar menu that is geared for affordable luxury. The late-night crowd is currently ordering mini smoked salmon croque monsieurs with caviar ($15); hiramasa kingfish seared rare with Asian pear, micro shiso, jalapeño-kabosu sauce ($22); and braised beef short ribs with baby heirloom carrots, cipollini onions, lardon, and tiny marble potatoes ($20). I spoke with Glaze, and she expects to start expanding the menu in a few weeks—she mentioned they want to offer a nightly seasonal prix-fixe menu, and they also plan to have table service once again in the dining room, so I’ll keep you posted. 1250 Jones St. at Clay, 415-922-2582.