So, the very first part of the multi-level ONE65 from chef/partner Claude Le Tohic has opened in Union Square: ONE65 Patisserie & Boutique. Located on the street level, you’ll find a contemporary French patisserie experience, with breakfast and lunch service, and classic bistro seating in a black-and-white space designed by D-Scheme Studio. Freshly baked breads, pastries, chocolates, ice cream, macarons, and more are available. There is also barista service and a selection of wines on tap. Open Mon-Sat 7:30am-7pm and Sun 8:30am-4pm.
ONE65 Patisserie & Boutique is the first of the four restaurants to open, with ONE65 Bistro (opening May 24th), Elements at ONE65 (opening May 24th) and O’ by Claude Le Tohic (opening June 6th) to follow. I’ll have more on all that in coming issues! 165 O’Farrell St. at Powell.
In case you want to go blow some serious cash, another omakase sushi restaurant has opened in the space that Hashida was supposed to be in. The new restaurant is SUSHI NAGAI, with chef Tomonori Nagai’s menu starting at $200. 125 Ellis St. at Cyril Magnin.
Japanese sandwiches with katsu, tamago, and more are beginning to trend stateside, and we now have not one but two new places serving them. Newly open in Japantown is ICHI SANDO (no relation to our beloved Ichi Sushi), serving four modern versions of Japanese sandwiches: dashimaki tamago in soft, white milk bread, along with a cheese version, or prosciutto, or mentaiko (with cod roe), and you get your choice of sauce. Also on the menu: a sweet version of the sandwiches (strawberry cream), a couple desserts (like shaved milk with chocolate ice cream, red beans, mochi, and shaved milk), and milk teas, including a strawberry latte. Open Wed-Sun 11:30am-9pm. 1581 Webster St. at Post.
The other location is CAFE OKAWARI in China Basin, which includes a chicken katsu sandwich, along with a couple bowls (chirashi, vegan), a salad, and an onsen tamago dish (poached egg and rice with toppings). I tried to get some info but no word on soft-opening hours, follow their Insta for updates. 236 Townsend St. at Clyde.
Breakfast fanatics know Nob Hill’s Mymy well, and now the owners have opened PLAIN JANE in the former Hoffman’s in the Mission, serving brunch dishes like smoked duck breast hash, an oyster mushroom scramble, or a trio of pancakes in their sweet flight (red velvet pancake, a cottage cheese pancake, and pan de mie custardy French toast), which I showed a picture of to a friend and he replied, “That looks like a nap waiting to happen.” Purr. Open daily 8am-2:30pm. 1000 Guerrero St. at 22nd St.
There’s a new Turkish place in Bernal called SHISH KE BABA, serving dips, housemade breads and pies (boreks), soups, kebabs, and wraps. And it’s priced right: an adana kebab platter (with rice and sides) is just $16. Open daily 11am-9pm. 59 30th St. at San Jose, 415-926-8955.
If you were sad over the closure of DUMPLING KITCHEN, it ends up the father couldn’t stay retired for long, so Paul Yu and his daughter Rebecca have reopened as DUMPLING SPECIALIST in a nearby location in Parkside, serving their housemade dumplings once again. It’s a tiny space, open Thu-Tue 11am-2:30pm and 5pm-8pm. 1123 Taraval St. at 21st Ave. [Via Eater.]
As mentioned in a previous tablehopper, COOK SHOPPE is now open in the former Chow on Church, with an updated space full of plants and a lighter look. The new menu is still approachable with a comfort-driven style, but certainly pricier than before (but, that’s SF these days, and at least they’re using sustainable, organic, and housemade ingredients). Hours are Mon-Thu 11am-10:30pm, Fri 11am-12am, Sat 10am-12am, and Sun 10am-10:30pm. 215 Church St. at Market, 415-552-2469.
And just so you know, Presidio Twilight has returned on Thursday evenings, bringing food trucks, live DJs, fire pits, and a full bar every Thursday from 5pm-9pm. This year includes some lawn domes to keep you even cozier.
One of the many sweet treats at ONE65 Patisserie & Boutique. Photo courtesy of ONE65.