Opening on Wednesday November 9th on Nob Hill is ~KEIKO À NOB HILL~—well, it will be partially open. During the soft opening period, lunch will be served, and half the dining room will be open for dinner (i.e. very limited seating will be available). After the soft opening period wraps up, lunch will be discontinued and both dining rooms of the former Le Club space will be open for dinner.
Some will recognize the owners’ names from their time at El Paseo in Mill Valley (where chef Keiko Takahashi won a Michelin star) before Tyler Florence opened his steakhouse concept in the location. But since chef Takahashi is now in the city, she is going to be offering a more innovative style of Franco-Japanese cooking than what she was doing in Mill Valley. The dining room will offer a tasting menu (priced at $88 for eight courses), while there will be a bar and lounge featuring an à la carte (and more casual) izakaya-style menu as well (click here to view a PDF of the bar menu—it may be “casual” but dishes still clock in at an average of $20 each). Click here for a PDF of the initial tasting menu, which includes dishes like Shigoku oyster gratin and Hokkaido scallop sauté with sea urchin. Owner (and husband) Seigo Takei accumulated quite the wine collection at El Paseo, and guests will have access to 5,000 moderately priced vintage bottles. Opening hours are Tue-Sun 11am-2:30pm and 5:30pm-10pm.
The former Le Club bar and lounge; photo from Yelp.