Details have been released about what is taking the place of ~SILKS~ in the Mandarin Oriental. The new concept is ~BRASSERIE S&P~, opening on the lobby level (where the MO Bar was); the name takes its inspiration from the hotel’s location at Sansome and Pine Streets. The bar and lounge area will blend into the 90-seat restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling windows, leather banquettes, velvet lounge chairs, and “boldly designed carpeting” (although nothing will ever top Fifth Floor’s previous zebra carpet, heh). The bar will feature a curved Italian white marble bar top, where you can order off a menu of gin and tonics along with other cocktails; beverage manager Priscilla Young is behind the gin-centric menu. Look for a strong wine selection as well.
The new executive chef is Adam Mali (Nick’s Cove), offering a menu of “brasserie-style, San Francisco cuisine,” with dishes like baked Drake’s Bay oysters with ginger and hijiki butter and roasted Liberty Farms duck breast with cracked English peas and preserved Meyer lemon. Breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, and dinner will be served. 222 Sansome St. at Pine, 415-986-2020.