December 6, 2011

December 6, 2011

Interior of Mozzeria; photo courtesy of Mozzeria.

Due to open this Friday December 9th is ~MOZZERIA~ in the former Il Cantuccio space in the Mission from the husband-and-wife team of Russell and Melody Stein. The modern Italian menu will feature both traditional and non-traditional pizzas (including one with roast duck, hoisin sauce, and green onion), and an array of small dishes, salads, and pastas highlighting local ingredients sourced from farmers’ markets (you can view the opening menu here). Proprietor Melody Stein recently returned from an extensive study tour in Italy, where she took cooking classes in Rome, Sorrento, and Positano; she will be working closely with her lead cook, Justin Belluomini.

A very informative (and interesting) piece on Bay Area Bites revealed the owners are deaf, and shared some details on the owners’ backgrounds and the project, including their commitment to hiring deaf workers and artisans when possible. The 49-seat restaurant features an imported wood-burning oven from Italy (a 5,000-pound Stefano Ferrara oven), and it ends up the 100-year-old hardwood floors were revealed during construction. There will also be a wine bar, featuring Californian and Italian wines, along with local beers on tap, and vintage sodas. Open for dinner Sun and Tue-Thu 5:30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11pm; weekend brunch begins Sunday January 1st.


Pronto kiosk; photo from Bar Bambino.

Eater confirms ~BATTER BAKERY~ and ~SQUARE MEALS~, a meal delivery service, are now open in the former Bombay Masala space on Polk Street. Eater has a link to the opening menu here, plus there is wine on tap, and bottled beers. 2127 Polk St. at Broadway, 415-674-1069.

Due to softly open this week is ~HOPS & HOMINY~, serving Southern-inspired, American dishes. You can read details in the previous mention on tablehopper here. 1 Tillman Place at Grant.

Over in the Mission, ~BAR BAMBINO~ has launched the Pronto kiosk at the ODC (Oberlin Dance Collective). On offer: panini, pastries, and salads (check out the menu here), plus Sightglass coffee drinks, tea, and more. Open daily 9am-6pm (until 8:30pm when there is a performance). The kiosk will be out front during nice weather, and in the lobby when it’s nasty out. The café is launching next. 17th St. and Shotwell.

More cart action: SFoodie mentions the ~BLUE BOTTLE TRAILER~ is now parked in the Castro at Market and 17th Street. You can grab an espresso Tue-Sat 8am-2pm.

Good news in Bayview: ~LIMON ROTISSERIE~ is now open in the 5800 Third Street project. Lunch daily 12pm-5pm, dinner 5pm-10pm. 5800 3rd St. at Carroll, Suite 1004, 415-926-5665.

Scoop mentions ~BOUCHE~ is due to open this Wednesday December 7th in the former Bar Crudo/Swell location. Chef Nicolas Borzee (COI) is the chef. Hours are Mon-Sat 5:30pm-1am. 603 Bush St. at Stockton, 415-956-0396.

I was walking out of my dentist’s office at 450 Suffer (that’s what some cabbies call it) and noticed the new (and busy) ~AFTER OSHA~. It’s geared to be a quick stop for lunch (you can customize your own rice bowls and noodle dishes). Scoop mentions it’s open daily 11am-11pm. 432 Sutter St. at Stockton, 415-397-6742.

And up in Mill Valley, Peter Schumacher and Tyler Florence’s project ~HAWK’S TAVERN~ is open for dinner tonight (Tuesday December 6th). It will be open through Friday and then closed over the weekend for holiday events; the restaurant will be fully open for business on Tuesday December 13th, serving both lunch and dinner. 507 Miller Ave. at Reed, Mill Valley, 415-388-3474.


Galette 88 exterior; photo by Rebecca Kinney. ©


Galette 88 interior; photo by Rebecca Kinney. ©

Due to open in the Financial District this Wednesday December 7th is ~GALETTE 88~. As previously mentioned in tablehopper, this gourmet galette and crêpe place is from Erin Rooney (Slow Club, Serpentine), Céline Guillou (formerly of Yield Wine Bar), and Jean-Marie Gillet.

Their 40-seat spot will serve 10 savory buckwheat crêpes and 5 or 6 dessert crêpes ranging from $7-$10 (you can peek at a preliminary and condensed menu from an opening party here). Crêpes ordered for eating in will include a small green salad (they will also have three salades complètes). They will serve cider in bottles, aguas frescas, and will pour Four Barrel drip coffee for now (they will add coffee drinks later). Starting hours are Mon-Fri 10:30am-3:30pm; the team is hoping to add later hours on Wed-Fri. 88 Hardie Pl., off Kearny, between Bush and Sutter, 415-989-2222.

Due to open the week of December 13th is ~TATAKI CANYON~ in Glen Park, taking its name from the nearby Glen Canyon Park. (To recap, Tataki is opening in the former Sel et Vin wine bar space.) The Tataki team (Raymond Ho, Kin Lui, Casson Trenor, and Kenny Zhu) have brought on executive chef Luka Ozeki, formerly of Sushi Groove South and Kyo-ya. The menu will feature sushi, nigiri, and Japanese dishes featuring sustainable seafood and ingredients, and will include a seasonal menu of appetizers and entrées with some California influences. Open nightly 5pm-10pm. 678 Chenery St. at Diamond, 415-859-9383.


Future location of The Sixth Course; photo from Facebook.


Schulzie’s Bread Pudding; photo courtesy of Schulzie’s.

A tablehopper reader tipped me off to this piece of news: local truffle maker ~THE SIXTH COURSE~ has found a brick-and-mortar location in the Mission. Owners Bridget Labus and Gianina Serrano—who have been in business together for the past year and a half—will be opening their kitchen and storefront space in summer (hopefully) of 2012. If you have had the truffles at Acquerello, then you know their handiwork. They have three lines: a caramel line, a wine and spirits line (including one that uses St. George single malt), and a chef’s choice line (including their favorites, like one called the malt crunch). They just finished demo and are now building. Fun fact: the building was one of the first locations built after the 1906 quake—it used to be a wheel shop and stable. Stand by for updates! 1544 15th St. at Capp.

Looks like I found out about ~SCHULZIE’S BREAD PUDDING~ coming to Hayes Valley at the same time as 7x7. This Los Angeles-originated business (founded by Sarah Schulz, a San Francisco native) will be opening their flagship San Francisco location in the former Café Corbas space. Think of an old-time ice cream parlor serving 108 different flavors of bread pudding instead, from peach cobbler to Earl Grey to cinnamon raisin (it’s served chilled and scooped), plus sauces like raspberry peppercorn. There are also savory versions served warm, like bacon-maple, and onion-scallion-potato. There will also be signature beverages for pairing from Equator Coffee, and 50 hand-crafted sodas at the soda jerk bar (you can even customize your own concoction based on flavors you like). There will be 10 seats plus outdoor seating. 364 Hayes St. at Gough.

The grand opening will be on February 14th, 2012, but you can check Schulzie’s out Saturday December 17th at a benefit at Isotope Comics for strive for __, a nonprofit providing mentorship for foster youth. A scoop will be $3.50, but since it’s a charity drive, they are asking you to pay what you can. 12pm-6pm. 326 Fell St. at Gough.

One small piece of bummer news: it ends up ~THREE BABES BAKESHOP~ will not be serving their delicious pies out of the old Ashbury Market space with Bacon Bacon—it seems they weren’t able to reach an agreement. But you can still visit the Babes at Stable Cafe in the Mission on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-4pm (and they are still delivering on Fridays).

And over in Hayes Valley, ~SMITTEN ICE CREAM~ has constructed a tented seating area (with blankets!) so you can enjoy your ice cream without totally freezing your heinie off. There’s also hot spiced cider, and live music is coming soon. 432 Octavia St. at Linden.


The Lee brothers photo by Mohammad Gorjestani.

I was sorry to learn in the Inside Scoop that ~NAMU~ will be closing after service wraps up on Christmas Eve. It ends up the Lee brothers couldn’t reach a lease renewal agreement with their landlord, so they decided to close their five-year-old Inner Richmond restaurant. Looks like we’ll just need to wait for their upcoming izakaya (Namu Gaji) to open in the Mission in early 2012, and as previously reported in the ‘hopper, chef Dennis Lee will be busy with his upcoming collaboration as the chef for the Magnolia Brewpub in the Dogpatch.


Ramen photo from Kirimachi.

Yup, it’s the year of ramen. Ramen, ramen, ramen. A new pop-up ramen shop opened yesterday in the Usual Suspects Cafe on Broadway called ~KIRIMACHI~ (which means “fog city”). Chef Leonardi Gondoputro has worked in Japanese restaurants for the past four years (including Sanraku, but they don’t serve ramen there). It ends up it’s one of his obsessions—he likes ramen so much he wanted to make his own. He will be serving two kinds: tonkotsu and chicken miso, using proteins from Marin Sun Farms, and he has someone custom-making the noodles for him. A bowl is $10, tax included. Hours are Mon-Fri 12pm-2:30pm and 6pm-9pm, Sat 12pm-9pm. He is sharing the space with another vendor, so he isn’t in the location full-time. 450 Broadway at Montgomery.

You downtown workers might want to know that ~OZUMO RESTAURANT~ San Francisco is now serving “winter ramen” for lunch. Choices include Ozumo (braised pork jowl, poached egg, and snow crab in a shoyu stock), spicy miso (shredded chicken, poached egg, and cabbage in a rich, spicy miso stock), kaisen (snow crab and prawns in a spicy lobster stock), kimchi (braised pork shoulder and housemade kimchi in tonkotsu stock), vegetarian (vegetable kakiage, pickled ginger in a light shoyu stock), and cha-soba (marinated tuna, kizami nori with a wasabi vinaigrette over green tea soba noodles). The seasonal stock is made in-house with all-natural ingredients, and ramen bowls are served with green onion, bean sprouts, fish cake, bamboo shoots, and a side of edamame. $12-$14. Served Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm in the restaurant’s sake lounge.


The former Candy Darling location; Yelp photo by Scott F.

I received a note from Teague Moriarty, one of the chef-partners at ~SONS & DAUGHTERS~, that they are taking over the shuttered Candy Darling space on Sutter Street, and will be opening ~SWEET WOODRUFF~. It’s going to be “an innovative carry out spot…same style and quality standards as we have at Sons & Daughters, but primarily a lunch option to begin, with room to grow.” Isaac Miller (Manresa, and executive chef of 231 Ellsworth in San Mateo) will be working with Moriarty and Matt McNamara (the other chef-partner at Sons & Daughters), eventually becoming the executive chef of the project. The plan is to open the first week of January, stand by for more details soon. 798 Sutter St. at Jones.

After reporting on the changes at ~LILAH BELLE’S~ on Dolores Park, it looks like that prime real estate may not be vacant for long. Via a tip from Mission Mission, this press release announces the hopeful opening of ~CERVECERÍA DE MATEVEZA~, a restaurant and (small) brewery from the founder of MateVeza, a local, organic beer brewed with yerba mate. The plan is to offer empanadas from El Porteño, and use the space as a test kitchen, brewing on a small 20-gallon copper system. Matt Coelho would be the “beer-tender,” with growlers and bottles available for purchase to go. But first, the ABC needs to approve all this, so stand by (and cross your fingers and toes). 3801 18th St. at Church.


Two Sisters Bar and Books (photo from Facebook).

Some new hours for your dining pleasure: ~TWO SISTERS BAR AND BOOKS~ in Hayes Valley is now serving Sunday brunch. It’s a prix-fixe brunch menu for $20 (including tax), featuring a house cocktail, Taylor Maid Farms coffee and tea, and one of five entrée options, which include tomato ragu with poached eggs, a bacon and egg sandwich with roasted tomatoes and cheese, or French toast bread pudding with maple syrup. Sun 12pm-4pm. Cash only! 579 Hayes St. at Laguna, 415-863-3655.

Over in the Marina, starting this Sunday December 11th, ~BIN 38~ is serving Sunday brunch from 10am-2pm. Dishes include eggs Benedict with a 62º egg, speck (ham), Swiss chard, citrus hollandaise, fries O’Brien; challah French toast; and short rib rancheros with a fried egg, Iacopi butter beans, gremolata, and corn tortilla.

~WO HING GENERAL STORE~ is now serving lunch daily from 11:30am-5:30pm. The lunch menu is a condensed version of the dinner menu.

Also over in the Marina, the casual-French spot ~CASTAGNA~ is now serving dinner nightly. Items include French onion soup, crispy seared duck leg confit with a Tuscan white bean ragout, and steak frites with a green peppercorn sauce. 2015 Chestnut St. at Fillmore, 415-440-4290.

Over in Jackson Square: for the month of December, ~QUINCE~ will be open for dinner on Sundays from 5:30pm-10pm. And ~COTOGNA~ is now open continuously Mon-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-12am, Sun 5pm-9pm.


Hallaca photo from Pica Pica’s blog.

When these holiday treats are available only once a year, you just can’t get enough of them. Here’s a smattering of international holiday treats available around town—perfect to bring to a holiday party, or to enjoy at home with your nearest and dearest.

‘Til the end of December, Pica Pica Maize Kitchen is offering hallacas, a traditional Venezuelan holiday food that’s “a close cousin to the tamal” and is made from “a corn-based dough, filled with a three meat stew, wrapped in a plantain leaf and steamed.” Get your holiday hallacas in-store at their SF and Napa locations, or order online and have them delivered (they’ll be frozen and shipped in a styrofoam cooler).

The Arizmendi family of bakeries are making lots of the festive holiday treats. Over at the Sunset location, special items on the holiday menu (available through Christmas Eve) include fruitcake, marzipan stollen, apple pie, Bûche de Noël, festive cookies, and even a pumpkin tea bread made of gluten-free ingredients. Pre-order in-store (1331 9th Ave. at Irving) or by phone (415-566-3117). On Valencia Street, holiday specials include brioche bread pudding, gâteau Basque, apple honey cake, ginger tea cake, pecan pie, and more. Pre-orders: 1268 Valencia St. at 24th St., 415-826-9218.

Great for delicious food gifts are panettone and pandoro. Emporio Rulli has three types of panettone on offer—Genovese, Milanese, and Paradiso—as well as pandoro, and the mylar gold wrap from Italy makes them all gift-ready ($18.50-$34.95). For a twist on the typical panettone, check out the fig and chocolate panettone from Rustichella d’Abruzzo ($34) that’s available from Rockridge’s Market Hall Foods: rich, moist, and filled with sweet figs and shards of chocolate, all wrapped and ready to go.

Going to a party? Why bring a bottle of wine when you can bring a pint or two of ice cream instead? Dessert café DeLise has organic eggnog ice cream ($7.50/pint); see more of their flavors here, plus all their other sweet treats (327 Bay St. at Powell, 415-399-9694). Mitchell’s seasonal ice creams are another great choice, with flavors like cinnamon snap, eggnog, peppermint candy, and pumpkin. 688 San Jose Ave. at 29th St., 415-648-2300.


The amazing brisket from Slow Hand BBQ. Photo: ©

Okay, you crazy meat lovers! This Wednesday December 7th is Brisketfest #2 at ~SHOTWELL’S BAR~, featuring a lineup of eats from Jablow’s Meats (New York pastrami on rye), Slow Hand BBQ (Texas barbecue brisket sandwich), and Nute’s Cupcakes (Thai Panang brisket curry over rice). There will also be some extras like bacon cupcakes and salads, plus beer cocktails and special Sodacraft offerings, like smoked apple cider. Starts at 6pm. 3349 20th St. at Shotwell.

This Friday December 9th, chef Stephanie Izard (Girl & the Goat, Chicago) is coming to San Francisco on her nationwide Goat Tour—she will be cooking with fellow Top Chef alum, chef Jennifer Biesty, at Scala’s Bistro in the Sir Frances Drake Hotel. The four-course dinner will feature recipes from Izard’s newly launched cookbook, Girl in the Kitchen. The event is also a fundraiser for Share Our Strength. 6:30pm. $200. Email to purchase tickets. (She will also be at Omnivore Books on Saturday December 10th signing books from 3pm-4pm.)


eVe interior; Yelp photo by Ligaya T.

Diablo Dish has the scoop that ~EVE~ in Berkeley is closing after service on December 31st, and chef-owners Chris and Veronica Laramie will be opening Brasa, a Peruvian rotisserie in its place in February. Diablo Dish says: “Look for a rotisserie-heavy menu (using all organic Mary’s chickens), as well as select sandwiches, salads, sides (including yucca fries), and soft serve ice cream.” Delivery will also be available. The piece also mentions “Their main reason for closing Eve in favor of the less labor-intensive Brasa is so they can focus their energy on a new full-service contemporary restaurant that they hope to open on the Peninsula or in the North Bay sometime later in 2012.” Look for more on that in 2012. 1960 University Ave. at Bonita, Berkeley, 510-868-0735.

Berkeleyside also shares some tidbits: ~SHEN HUA~ in Elmwood is now serving dim sum, and ~TIVOLI CAFFÈ~ has opened at 2554 Bancroft Way.