A tablehopper reader tipped me off to SPICE OF AMERICA now open in the former Shido (previously Buck Tavern). The menu features Indian and Nepali dishes from chef-partners Krishna Timsina and Ram Ghale. They definitely seem to be pushing the plating into a more modern presentation; there’s a lunchtime special for $19, although I am so curious about the pao bhaji wrap (the dinnertime tasting menu is $45). Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm and 5pm-9:30pm. 1655 Market St. at 12th St., 628-222-4051.
There’s a new brunch spot in the Outer Richmond called LOKMA, with a Turkish-influenced menu—you’ll find a Turkish breakfast with sujuk and menemen alongside breakfast sandwiches, omelets, and more. Open Tue-Sun 9am-2pm. 1801 Clement St. at 19th Ave., 415-702-6219.
Seared scallops at Spice of America (with curry dust, masala onion confit, green apple bhel, and tomato chutney). Photo courtesy of Spice of America.