As an Asian American growing up with a love for Italian food, I’m familiar with mixing some of my Asian flavors with traditional Italian dishes like pasta. I mean, have you seen my recipe for black bean clams pasta?
So I was intrigued when I heard about the relatively new restaurant Pesce […]Read the full post →
As San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood transforms, some hidden gems of new restaurants are emerging. You just have to know where to find them.
Take Villon. Found inside the boutique Proper Hotel, this two-month-old restaurant can be overshadowed by the reality of the real world outside where the homeless and panhandlers mingle not too far from […]Read the full post →
The story: Hinodeya is a Japanese ramen bar that started in Hasuda station in Saitama Prefecture and is now headed by fourth-generation Masao Kuribara of Sasala Group. A year ago, Kuribara opened his first U.S. outpost in San Francisco’s Japantown with a ramen restaurant serving up the lighter dashi-based broth.
Why I went: I tried […]Read the full post →
A new glamorous space arrives in San Francisco’s dining scene in the form of Gibson inside the Hotel Bijou on the edge of the city’s Tenderloin district, bordering the Union Square neighborhood.
It’s a spot with a food pedigree that gives it instant buzz after its official opening earlier this month: 1) Executive Chef Robin […]Read the full post →
The story: New ramen spots are highly anticipated in the Bay Area, but Marufuku opened under the radar earlier this year. Still, word-of-mouth has created a lot of buzz for the Japantown ramen spot (opened in a former ramen restaurant on the second floor of the Japan Center Mall) and the lines are often long […]Read the full post →
The story: The popular Belden Place is known for a handful of restaurants in an alley of San Francisco’s Financial District that on a beautiful day harkens to European nights when people ate outdoors in makeshift tables in an alley. Toy Soldier opened last month in the popular tourist spot in the former space of […]Read the full post →
Soon after the restaurant Finn Town opened in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, I visited with my friend Craig to check out its brunch. I fell in love with the restaurant’s handsome decor and the refined comfort food coming out of the kitchen.
Much as changed since then, with the major change being […]Read the full post →
There’s no dearth of sushi restaurants in San Francisco, and lately there’s been a number of high-end spots focused on offering omakase, or a chef’s choice on the menu.
One of those places is Ju-Ni, a tiny neighborhood restaurant in the Divisadero corridor that only seats 12. When it first opened a year ago, it […]Read the full post →
The story: Saucy Asian is a corner fast-casual eatery in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, opened by first-time restaurateur Andrew Shinn. The tiny shop features a Korean fusion menu that blends Korean flavors in popular formats like burritos, tacos, and poke bowls.
Why I went: I bumped into the new space when I was visiting my […]Read the full post →
The San Francisco Bay Area is in the midst of a sushi boom with Japanese restaurants opening up and serving the chef’s choice tasting menu known as omakase.
The latest, highly anticipated opening is the two-week-old Robin, which opened under the hype of offering contemporary, seasonal California-focused omakase in one of those new slick buildings popping up […]Read the full post →
The story: Corridor is the splashy restaurant on Van Ness Avenue positioned as the perfect pre-opera, ballet, concert experience with its proximity to San Francisco’s Civic Center. It opened with the concept of a casual counter-service cafe during the day and a similar casual counter service for dinner with quality dishes. But recently the restaurant […]Read the full post →
UPDATE (05/22/2017): Just heard that Okane is temporarily suspending its brunch program for awhile as they focus on launching its new sister restaurant Dumpling Time. So for now you just have to taste the brunch offerings in my pictures until the restaurant resumes brunch.
Weekend brunch is pretty big in San Francisco, but after awhile […]Read the full post →
Capitalizing on the Bay Area’s love for dumplings (just look at the lines at Din Tai Fung), the people behind Michelin-star Omakase and sister restaurant Okane are dipping their toes in the dumpling arena with the opening this Friday of Dumpling Time.
The tiny restaurant is in the back street of Omakase/Okane in SOMA’s Design […]Read the full post →
Chef Khai Duong made a name for himself with his popular Ana Mandara restaurant in San Francisco’s Ghiradelli Square, which closed after a 12-year run in 2012.
Now Chef Khai has returned in a smaller, more intimate space in SOMA on the edge of the Design District (on the same block as Omakase), showcasing his […]Read the full post →
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Snaps on the Go
- A Bit of French Provencal in Berkeley at the New Les Arceaux Cafe and Wine Bar
- A Review of The Temple Club in Oakland
- A Review of Japanese Italian Dishes at Pesce e Riso in San Francisco
- A Review of Brunch at Villon in San Francisco
- A Review of Hinodeya Ramen Bar in San Francisco
- First Look at Copper Spoon in Oakland