Is it unofficial new brunch season? Because there are a bunch of new ones popping up right now. Have fun adding these places to the mix. (And they’re good to consider for Mother’s Day since they’re brand-new and probably not all reserved just yet!)
Ready for your new stylish Indian brunch? On Sundays, ROOH has an extensive brunch menu that highlights their awesome breads, like warm kulchas stuffed with green pea and goat cheese, or their masala omelette, with tomato, onion, chile, and cilantro, with buttered pao. You can also go savory with a rice dish, like squid and prawn poha, studded with browned onion, peanut, fresh coconut, and cilantro. There’s a full cocktail menu, but the Chennai Colada mocktail with mango, pineapple, passion fruit, coconut water, curry leaves, and soda is bright and refreshing. Sun 11am-2:30pm. 333 Brannan St. at 2nd St., 415-525-4174.
Meanwhile, over in the Mission, the casual and friendly DUM launched a Indian-inspired brunch, with dishes like an eggs Benedict made with a crispy rice and lentil cake, topped with pork belly, poached eggs, and chile-garlic hollandaise, and bhurji pao with spiced scrambled eggs, onion, tomato, cilantro, and Hawaiian rolls. Check out chef Rupam Bhagat’s creative menu here. Available Sat-Sun 11am-3pm. 3111 24th St. at Folsom, 415-874-9045.
I have been waiting for the cheerful and Lisbon-chic UMA CASA to open for brunch, and boom, it’s on. Chef Telmo Faria’s menu features Portuguese classics, egg dishes, and plenty of chilled seafood, plus the kicker: the Francesinha, a heart-stopping (but what a way to go) sandwich famous in Porto, which comes with linguica, roast beef, ham, and Havarti, with tomato-beer sauce, an over-easy egg, and fries. I can’t believe we get to have one in the city! Just go work out first. And after. Don’t forget about bubbles, Vinho Verde, and mimosas, plus other delightful concoctions by Nora Furst. Open Sat-Sun 11am-3pm. 1550 Church St. at Duncan, 415-829-2264.
Meanwhile, the party people of Russian Hill have a nice Mobius strip at MEZCALITO: come by on Saturday night for mezcal and tacos, and then come back on Sundays to cure that hangover. The menu features baked farm egg cazuela with saffron sofrito and English peas, or horchata French toast, and the Michelada del Conejo with carrot and jicama sangrita, pasilla de Oaxaca, sal de gusano, and cerveza Negra Modelo should get you feeling right. Or you can start the hurt all over again with bottomless mimosas for $20 per person. Sun 11am-2:30pm. 2323 Polk St. at Green, 415-441-2323.
And last but not least, CORRIDOR has realized the neighborhood has some needs, so they have folded Corridor Café into Corridor and are offering Saturday brunch (starting at an early 9am-2:30pm; say good morning to the breakfast sandwich with sunny-side up egg, bacon, caramelized onion, maitake mushroom, aioli, and tater tots), weekday breakfast (from 7am-11am), and a full-service dinner menu (perfect for a preshow meal), with plenty of seating. 100 Van Ness Ave. at Fell, 415-834-5684.
Choose from a variety of puffy kulchas at Rooh. Photo: © tablehopper.com.