Some exciting news broke about chef Telmo Faria’s location for his upcoming UMA CASA project: he’ll be taking over and remodeling the Incanto space in Noe Valley. Scoop reports the 75-seat restaurant is targeting a summer 2016 opening.
Faria was born in the Bay Area but grew up on the Azores, and eventually returned to California. He was well known as the executive chef and partner in the TMI restaurant group (Tacolicious, Mosto, Chino) in San Francisco, but now he’s doing his own project. Look for a menu that features Faria’s spin on Portuguese cuisine, with some California influences and obviously some Portuguese wines as well. You can keep up with his pop-ups and more on Facebook. 1550 Church St. at Duncan
Wow, my neighborhood continues to freaking ROCK. So happy to hear that a second location of ~SOUVLA~ is coming to the former Herbivore on Divis! As they say, they’re “bringing the opa to Nopa!” When it opens in mid-2016, we’ll be able to enjoy Charles Bililies’s trademark Greek pita wraps and salads with rotisserie roasted meats (under the day-to-day oversight from chef Tony Cervone), plus Greek fries, an all-Greek wine and beer list, and they’ll be adding some alfresco atmosphere with that back patio too! 531 Divisadero St. at Fell.
Meanwhile, Hoodline filed an initial report on a new project, MOSU, which will be opening across the street from State Bird Provisions—they did some recon after seeing a Craigslist post, which mentions an opening in January 2016. The chef is South Korea native Sung Anh, who was the chef de cuisine at Aziza. It will have 18 seats (reservations only), and the fine dining experience will feature some “Asian flavors and ingredients.”
Eater adds that Anh has worked for chef Corey Lee at both The French Laundry and Benu (his online CV says as chef de partie) and counts him as a big influence. Look for Anh to “mix Korean, Japanese and Chinese influences and use French techniques through which to filter the Asian flavors.” It will be kaiseki-style menu, with 12-15 courses, and will clock in around $160. Mosu may even soft open in late December. Hours will be Tue-Sat 5:30pm-9pm. Stand by for more. 1552 Fillmore St. at Geary.
A display at one of Uma Casa’s pop-ups. Photo: © tablehopper.com.