Pläj’s dining room. Photo via Thrillist.
Last week a friend texted me some pics of ~PLÄJ~, letting me know it was open. This Scandinavian restaurant (wow, SF’s first—finally!) has opened in the former Ovations space at Inn at the Opera. The Scoop shares some additional info: the name is pronounced “play,” and the chef-owner is Roberth Sundell, who came to America from Stockholm 18 years ago. Look for a menu of Scandinavian dishes with some California influences, ranging from krondill poached lobster Skagen with white fish caviar, horseradish, avocado, and chile ($18) to white asparagus, morels, fennel confit, egg 63°C, hollandaise sauce, and fried sourdough ($15). The intimate restaurant has a refreshed look, with 44 seats in all (plus a bar with six seats). Full bar, plus Scandinavian beers on the list. Dinner nightly 5pm-11pm. 333 Fulton St. at Franklin, 415-863-8400.
Oh, since we’re talking Scandinavia for a moment, ~BAR TARTINE~ is hosting chef Christian Puglisi of Restaurant RELÆ (Denmark) for a very special dinner on Monday July 16th. They are taking reservations now, with bookings from 5:30pm-10pm. Please specify the number in your party and a window of time in which you would prefer to dine.
Local Addition announces ~WONDERLAND~ has opened in the Lower Haight today, the neighborhood’s only Chinese restaurant. The menu reportedly has a number of vegetarian dishes on it to cater to the neighborhood. Here’s a previous piece on tablehopper with more. Open Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. 500 Haight St. at Fillmore, 415-355-9125.
Grub Street noticed ~FARM:TABLE~ is popping up at Trailhead, a part of A Temporary Offering. You can grab coffee drinks made with Verve coffe Tue-Sun 8am-3pm. 1100 Market St. at 7th St.