Great news, my fellow pâté en croûte lovers: MAISON NICO is reopening tomorrow, Wednesday August 17th! They have been closed for four months to transition the former restaurant into an épicerie, with some new equipment and an expanded kitchen and pastry production space. Michelin-starred chef-owner Nicolas Delaroque and Andrea Delaroque will reopen with seasonal varieties of pâté en croûte, sliced to order by the pound or the whole loaf, terrines, and their fabulous aspics, plus a rotating selection of seasonal quiche and pithivier, savory pastries, expanded viennoiserie, and Parisian-style pastries, wines, and other imported artisanal items.
They are also offering a salade Niçoise, and plan to expand the lunch menu this fall (as well as launch an Apéro Hour). Guests can enjoy Maison Nico’s menu to-go, dine inside the dining room, or outside at one of the six alfresco café tables. Open Wed-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-4pm. In September, look for the Maison Nico stand at Foodwise’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Saturdays, 8am-2pm. 710 Montgomery St. at Columbus.
Over in SoMa, 25 LUSK has reopened their indoor dining room. Expect some new dishes and a small plate format from chef Matthew Dolan, like braised beef short ribs with crescenza mashed potatoes. (The outdoor heated rooftop remains open as well.) You can also enjoy new cocktails from Elmer Mejicanos, who has rejoined the team, while Peter Palmer has been hard at work on the global wine list, with a focus on biodynamic and organic producers. Cheers! Indoor hours are Tue-Thu 5pm-9:30pm (bar to 10pm), Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm (bar to 11pm). 25 Lusk St. at Townsend.
Maison Nico’s duck pithivier. Photo: Maison Nico.