Last week a friend texted me some pics of PLÄJ, letting me know it was open. This Scandinavian restaurant (wow, SF’s first—finally!) has opened in the former Ovations space at Inn at the Opera. The Scoop shares some additional info: the name is pronounced “play,” and the chef-owner is Roberth Sundell, who came to America from Stockholm 18 years ago. Look for a menu of Scandinavian dishes with some California influences, ranging from krondill poached lobster Skagen with white fish caviar, horseradish, avocado, and chile ($18) to white asparagus, morels, fennel confit, egg 63°C, hollandaise sauce, and fried sourdough ($15). The intimate restaurant has a refreshed look, with 44 seats in all (plus a bar with six seats). Full bar, plus Scandinavian beers on the list. Dinner nightly 5pm-11pm. 333 Fulton St. at Franklin, 415-863-8400.
Oh, since we’re talking Scandinavia for a moment, ~BAR TARTINE~ is hosting chef Christian Puglisi of Restaurant RELÆ (Denmark) for a very special dinner on Monday July 16th. They are taking reservations now, with bookings from 5:30pm-10pm. Please specify the number in your party and a window of time in which you would prefer to dine.
Local Addition announces WONDERLAND has opened in the Lower Haight today, the neighborhood’s only Chinese restaurant. The menu reportedly has a number of vegetarian dishes on it to cater to the neighborhood. Here’s a previous piece on tablehopper with more. Open Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. 500 Haight St. at Fillmore, 415-355-9125.
Grub Street noticed FARM:TABLE is popping up at Trailhead, a part of A Temporary Offering. You can grab coffee drinks made with Verve coffe Tue-Sun 8am-3pm. 1100 Market St. at 7th St.
Pläj’s dining room. Photo via Thrillist.