Great news for folks who were previously loving chef Nora Haron’s Singaporean-Indonesian-Californian cuisine while she was at Oakland’s Drip Line Cafe—she is now in San Francisco at LOCAL KITCHEN, a 10-year-old SoMa restaurant from owner Jeff Handy. She will reprise some of her popular dishes, like chicken satay skewers, lamb meatballs, Singaporean chicken rice, and za’aar roti.
She’s also going to be putting her baking skills to work (while she was the head kitchen manager and culinary operations manager for Blue Bottle, she was known for making some awesome sourdough pastries). Look for some sourdough pizzas, with toppings like beef rendang (braised brisket, mozzarella, roasted pineapple, micro basil), and baked goods like kaya toast and pandan cake are also in the works. There’s an extensive wine list and cocktails as well to go with your laksa or Singaporean chicken rice. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-10pm; Sat 5:30pm-10pm, Sun 5:30pm-9pm. 330 1st St. at Folsom.
And I’ll be writing about these two spots in the next issue, but just so you know, FLOUR + WATER PIZZERIA from chef Thomas McNaughton is due to open by late May in the former Farina Pizzeria space on Valencia in the Mission. Stand by for THE BIG SLICE, which is basically a quarter of a pizza, and I am here for it. Hours will be 11am-11pm. 700 Valencia St. at 18th St.
Some of chef Nora Haron’s dishes at Local Kitchen in SF. Photo: Albert Law.