San Francisco Restaurant News
Opening in Summer 2018, Piri Pica will bring casual Portuguese cooking to the Mission (Frjtz is moving just around the corner). Chef Telmo Faria, a native of the Azores, has enjoyed much success with his first, more upscale venture Uma Casa, located in Noe Valley; this new restaurant is a venture with London expat Khalid Mushasha of Lolinda. With Piri Pica, Faria and Mushasha hope to bring piri piri chicken – flame-grilled chicken marinated in a blend of punchy flavors, including the piri piri chili pepper for which the dish is named – to the San Francisco mainstream, along with other fast-casual Portuguese dishes that include shrimp, pork and vegetables. Once open, the restaurant will serve lunch and dinner daily. Piri Pica, 590 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110, no phone.
At Besharam, which roughly means "shameless" in Urdu, chef Heena Patel puts a California spin on the flavors and dishes she experienced as a child in India. The restaurant has added dinner hours, in addition to its lunch service. Stay tuned for weekend brunch to be added soon. Besharam, 1275 Minnesota St., San Francisco, CA 94107, 415-580-7662.
Napa's C Casa, long a popular option at the Oxbow Public Market, has opened an East Bay branch at the Public Market Emeryville. The taqueria favors the freshest possible seasonal ingredients in flavorful combinations for its made-to-order tacos. Try any of its varieties plump with rotisserie or grilled meats or seafood, or heaped with vegetarian ingredients such as sweet potatoes, pea shoots, goat cheese, black beans, avocado crema and toasted pumpkin seeds. Lunch & Dinner daily. C Casa, Public Market Emeryville, 5959 Shellmound St., Emeryville, CA 94608, 510-679-1800.
Oakland's Uptown neighborhood continues to shift and grow, with several San Francisco standouts opening outposts there. The owners of the city's upscale Dosa mini-chain – Anjan and Emily Mitra, who own the swank Dosa on Fillmore and the original location in the Mission District – have launched a smart, modern, fast-casual restaurant called dosa by Dosa on Broadway. Counter-service offerings include the places’ famed Indian dosas, chutneys, soups and sides, at as high a "spice point" as customers desire. Cocktails are available at the all-day bar, breakfast is a unique and pleasant option here and there is a very happy nightly happy hour. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. dosa by Dosa, 2301 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612, 510-285-6823.
Dominique Crenn continues to launch new projects around the Bay Area, finding outlets for her seemingly boundless energies. Her swank wine bar Bar Crenn opened at 3131 Fillmore St., adjacent to her restaurant Atelier Crenn. Hours are Tues.-Sat., 4:30 p.m. until midnight. Also on the horizon is a large-scale restaurant, retail, art and fashion enterprise in the new Salesforce Tower, called Boutique Crenn, set to possibly open in late 2018. Bar Crenn, 3131 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94123, 415-440-0460.
Vive la France Burger!
French chef Daniel Boulud (of Daniel in New York City, one of GAYOT's Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.) pioneered the "Gourmet Burger Revolution." So, it’s only natural that on Bastille Day, July 14, 2018, he launched "THE UMAMI FRENCHIE" with the famous UMAMI BURGER chain. (The timing was lucky as France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup the next day!) Discover the tasty burger, presented by Boulud himself, in this video. Then, go try it for yourself at UMAMI BURGER in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Oakland. Part of UMAMI BURGER's Artist Series, "THE UMAMI FRENCHIE" ($18) will be available until September 14th. One dollar from each burger sold will benefit charitable organization Citymeals, which provides a lifeline of nourishing meals and vital companionship to New York City’s homebound elderly. Umami Burger, 242 King St., San Francisco, CA 94107, 415-904-8626.
Michael Mina Brings in Middle Eastern Flavors
Chef Michael Mina is mixing things up at his flagship restaurant, Michael Mina, in San Francisco. The menu has evolved to feature Middle Eastern flavors, in celebration of the chef/restaurateur's Egyptian upbringing. Expect new offerings like glazed Egyptian mango with foie gras, candied ginger and MINA spice. Michael Mina, 252 California St., San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-397-9222.
New Home for Nico
Nico has relocated to San Francisco's Jackson Square neighborhood. Chef Nicolas Delaroque crafts prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus that change frequently based on farmer's markets and local purveyors. Nico, 710 Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-359-1000.
Project Zin Returns on August 18th
Chef Charlie Palmer and winemaker Clay Mauritson invite you to the eighth annual Project Zin event on August 18th at Hotel Healdsburg. Attend a winemaker panel with a blind-tasting or lunch at Rockpile Ridge Vineyard. All proceeds benefit the Down Syndrome Association North Bay. For more information, visit the official website. Hotel Healdsburg, 25 Matheson St., Healdsburg, CA 95448, 707-431-2800, 800-889-7188.
Commis Offshoot CDP One of Growing List of High-End, Restaurant-Born Cocktail Bars
La Folie has La Folie Lounge, Atelier Crenn now has Bar Crenn, and for several months, chef James Syhabout's elegant, understated restaurant Commis has had CDP ("chef de partie"), an inviting new bar and lounge opened adjacent to the restaurant on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. CDP's full bar focuses on brandy, sparkling wines and Champagne in lush cocktails, with bar bites (and caviar service) from Syhabout to complement. The restaurant's wine list is also available in the lounge. Open nightly Wed.-Sun.. CDP, 3861 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA 94611, no phone.
Ebullient chef Hoss Zare departed San Francisco and returned to his native Iran. During his decades in this country, Zare coaxed smiles from patrons and staff alike in restaurants such as The Fly Trap and Zare through his smiling "Hoss-pitality." The Fly Trap, 606 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94107, 415-243-0580.
Vegetarian standout Greens restaurant is temporarily closed due to a small fire. Greens, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., Bldg. A, San Francisco, CA 94123, 415-771-6222.
Celeb chef Preeti Mistry has closed her restaurant Navi Kitchen in Emeryville. Navi Kitchen, 5000 Adeline St., Emeryville, CA 94608, no phone.
Wine country dining destination Terra in St. Helena closed after service on June 2, 2018. Terra, 1345 Railroad Ave., St. Helena, CA 94574, no phone.
Michel Bistro, the Provencal-style brasserie/gastropub in Oakland's Grand Lake district, has shuttered. Michel Bistro, 3343 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland, CA 94610, no phone.
California-Vietnamese enclave Urban Picnic, long a healthful (and flavorful) lunch choice for Financial District types, has closed. Urban Picnic, 125 Kearny St., San Francisco, CA 94108, no phone.
The owners of the Izzy's Steak & Chop House mini chain have opted to shutter their Oakland location to stay focused on their San Carlos and San Francisco locales. Izzy's Steak & Chop House, 59 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA 94612, no phone.
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