We’ve been tracking this project since the beginning of the year, and now BARCHA has opened at 425 Market Street. This casual, 90-seat Mediterranean bistro comes from the nearby Sens team: owner Kais Bouzidi, executive chef Michel Adams, and beverage director Peter Steiner.
Lunchtime is all about salads, sandwiches, shawarma on housemade Turkish bread, and sides, and starting at 3pm, you can come by for tapas (and tartines), wine, and beer. Dinner begins at 5:30pm, and there’s the option to have a family-style meal—dishes include oven-roasted Australian sea bass ($28) with braised leeks, preserved lemon, and chanterelles; or eggplant and potato brik ($20) with goat cheese, farm egg, chermoula. Dishes feature Turkish, Tunisian, and Spanish influences.
There is a spacious 30-seat patio, as well as a takeout window during lunchtime for simple boxed lunches. The pendant lamps are from Morocco, and hand-painted North African tiles line the bar and surrounding walls. Hours are Mon-Fri 11am-close, and Sat 3:30pm-close. 28 Fremont St. (inside the 425 Market Street Building), 415-957-5463.
The dining room at Barcha. Photo courtesy of Barcha.