By Dana Eastland. A fab tablehopper reader and tipster sent us the news that NOETECA in Noe Valley has been sold to a new owner. According to a note in the window, the owners have sold it to Michele D’Amico while they focus on the upcoming Mission Brasserie (which they hope to open in May 2016). It appears that D’Amico is keeping the concept more or less the same, though, and an announcement on the Noeteca website says that they closed temporarily on November 15th for about a week for “a peaceful exchange of power and a bit of cleaning,” which means they should reopen any day now. 1551 Dolores St. at Valley.
The Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market on Saturdays has a new food vendor, and it’s a good one. REEM’S, an Arab street food La Cocina project from Arizmendi alum Reem Assil, will be serving a flatbread called man’oushe. It’s cooked on a special oven called a saj and is available with a variety of seasonal toppings, along with year-round staples like za’atar, cheese, and sujuk (Armenian sausage). It’s a pop-up stall, so be sure to stop by before December 19th (or find them at the Mission Community Market on Thursday evenings). They’ll be at the Saturday market 8am-2pm. Ferry Plaza, Embarcadero at Market.
While we were away last week, we received an email from Danny Bowien letting us know that ~MISSION CHINESE FOOD~ has revamped their menu for the first time in, well, forever. Eater has the details, including the news that new chef de cuisine Frank Mitchell worked with Bowien on the new items. The restaurant’s beloved classics remain, like the thrice-cooked bacon with rice cake and the chicken wings, while new items include cumin lamb larb, beef tartare “lettuce cups,” and sweet-and-sour pork jowl. Oh, and of course those new burritos! Here’s the current menu.
Chef Blaine Wetzel (The Willows Inn) and journalist Joe Ray are going to be at ORO on Tuesday December 1st celebrating the launch of their new book, Sea and Smoke: Flavors from the Untamed Pacific Northwest. The launch party starts at 7pm and includes snacks, cocktails, discussion, and a book signing. Tickets are $75, and books can be purchased separately. 8 Mint Plaza at Jessie, 415-974-1212.
Man’oushe from Reem’s. Photo from Facebook.