In advance of the opening of BOUTIQUE CRENN from Michelin three-star-toting Dominique Crenn in the Salesforce Tower, you can try some of their baked goods and pastries in a pop-up: Boutique Crenn X Cubert in the Salesforce Transit Center. (Cubert is from Off the Grid, a mobile and modular pop-up kitchen that looks like a kiosk.) Pastry chef Christina Hanks and head baker Jacob Fraijo are turning out some gorg-looking croissants, millefeuille, and other kinds of viennoiserie, plus canelés, and some savory items, like fougasse topped with vegetables from Crenn’s organic Sonoma County farm. Check their Instagram for updates. And eye candy. Available Mon-Fri 7am-2pm. 425 Mission St. at Fremont.
Noodle lovers will be intrigued with this build-your-own-bowl concept called QINGSHU, which opened in the Sunset. It’s inspired by malatang, a dish and dining format from China that is almost like an individual hot pot. You select your ingredients (vegetables, meat, seafood, different kinds of tofu, and noodles) and pay by the pound ($7.99/lb.), pay for any additional premium ingredients like shrimp or beef, choose your soup base, and the ingredients are cooked for you and brought to your table. Sounds like a fun thing to check out! Open Mon-Sat 11am-3pm and 5pm-9pm, Sun 12pm-8pm. 816 Irving St. at 9th Ave.
I’m a huge fan of khao mun gai, and there’s a new window serving this classic dish (Hainan chicken rice) from the folks behind The Chairman truck. It’s called GOOD GAI’S (LOL) and the shop is in Bayview. Hours for now are Tue-Thu 11:30am-3pm for take-out, so if you work or live nearby, here’s a new lunch option for ya. 2723 Oakdale Ave. at Barneveld.
The almond croissant at Boutique Crenn. Photo via Instagram: @boutiquecrennsf.