Recently opened in the former Kaya (previously Alta) in Mid-Market is YAKINIKU SHODA from Taiwanese chef-owner Andy Chiang. Yakiniku is a Japanese style of barbecue, and here they’re offering a high-end presentation of American, Japanese, and Australian wagyu grilled over charcoal for you, along with Hokkaido scallops topped with caviar, and other luxe ingredients like black truffle and uni (the yakishabu Japanese wagyu, a thin slice of New York strip with truffle egg sauce over rice looks utterly amazing).
The prix-fixe menu is $225, you DM them on Instagram for reservations. They also have a list of rare sakes and more. Open Tue-Sat 5pm-10pm. 1420 Market St. at Fell, 415-757-0201.
Now open in Lower Nob Hill is ALMADURA, a tiny spot from the couple behind catering outfit Charlie’s Food Trailer, Veronica and Carlos Santos (according to What Now SF). The menu has small plates like shrimp in garlic or mussels with chorizo, a variety of tacos (including pork belly, sweet potato), and larger plates like lamb chops and a burger (nothing is over $24). Look for a variety of local beers on draft. Open Tue-Sat 4pm-9pm. 1022 Bush St. at Jones.
There’s a new Korean fried chicken place in the Outer Sunset called DAK CHICKEN. The menu includes fried chicken (available by the piece, in combo meals, or half or full family meals) in original, chile garlic, sweet garlic, yang nyum (a sweet and spicy sauce), and gochujang rose (a creamy version), plus sandwiches and sides. Open daily 11am-9pm. 2045 Irving St. at 22nd Ave.
The newly open Yakiniku Shodai offers A5 Miyazaki sirloin, wagyu, and more cooked over charcoal. Instagram photo by @shodaisf.