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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Bombay Express vegetarian and chaat café has opened in Fremont, from the brother team of Balkar Tamber and Didar Singh, owners of notable Bay Area Indian restaurants Sakoon and Bombay Garden. The casual café features Indian street snacks priced from $2-$8, along with wraps, tandoori dishes and traditional curries and south Indian dosas. The comfortable dining room provides seating for 60 with counter service. Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.. Bombay Express, 5029 Mowry Ave., Fremont, CA 94538, 510-713-0155.
 
Farmstead restaurant has opened at the Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead in St. Helena. Chef/partner Sheamus Feeley, former executive chef of Napa Valley's Rutherford Grill, turns out dishes such as meatballs with caramelized mirepoix and tomato marmalade, pastrami sandwiches, cheeseburgers served on English muffins, and grits with roasted squash, honey and blue cheese. Farmstead, Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead, 738 Main St., St. Helena, CA 94574, 707-963-9181.
 
As advertised, the Chestnut Street space formerly occupied by Laïola is now Tacolicious under same owner Joe Hargrave. On the menu are the fresh, innovative tacos made popular at the weekly Ferry Building Farmers Market stand of the same name---house-made chorizo with potato, fried local rock cod with cabbage, as well as meatier standouts such as carnitas and guajillo-braised beef. Flavorful Mexican snacks, larger specials and a menu of tequila-based cocktails (chupitos) complete the approachable, fun menu. The space is casual yet hip, with take-out and catering options, and late hours (until midnight nightly) to accommodate lively Marina diners. Lunch & Dinner daily. Tacolicious, 2031 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-346-1966.
 
Contemporary restaurant Baumé has opened in Palo Alto, helmed by owner and executive chef Bruno Chemel, whose impressive résumé includes Le Chantilly; Jean Pierre Billoux in Digoin, France; Ambrosia in Tokyo; Cliquo in Honolulu, which he owned; and most recently Chez TJ in Mountain View. Chemel's restaurant is named for French alchemist Antoine Baumé, a nod to the chef's molecular French cuisine inflected with California and Asian accents. Chemel offers prix-fixe options only---five courses for $78, ten for $108 and 15 for $148, excluding wines (accompanying wine flights are an additional $50). Pastry chef Ryan Shelton is also formerly of Chez TJ. The wine list draws from California and France. Baumé, 201 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306, 650-328-8899.
 

News Bytes

New Lunch Menu at RN74
Executive chef Jason Berthold has unveiled a new lunch menu at RN74. Highlights include a soft-poached egg with a crispy semolina dumpling, tomato compote, watercress and Serrano ham; a slow-roasted pork sandwich served on a brioche bun with butter lettuce and black pepper steak fries; and a prawn and shellfish curry with mussels, scallops, spinach, lemongrass and Thai basil. RN74, Millennium Tower, 301 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-543-7474.
 

Chef Shuffle

After ten years as wine director of The Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, Stephane Lacroix departed the restaurant for a move to Gilt in New York City, where he will serve as general manager. As sommelier and wine director for The Ritz-Carlton, Lacroix provided impeccable service and incomparable pairings alongside chefs Ron Siegel and Sylvain Portay. The Dining Room, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, 600 Stockton St., San Francisco, CA 94108, 415-773-6168.
 
In a shakeup that's made national news, Ubuntu chef-partner Jeremy Fox has departed the Napa restaurant in an amicable split. The standout chef's cuisine helped to conceptualize and make Ubuntu---a combination fine dining vegetarian restaurant and yoga studio---a leading northern California destination, garnering recognition for his commitment to innovative dishes crafted from the venue's garden using biodynamic practices. Aaron London (Bottega, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Daniel, L'Astrance), former executive sous, will step in as chef de cuisine. Ubuntu, 1140 Main St., Napa, CA 94559, 707-251-5656.
 
Pizzaiolo Jon Darsky has amicably parted ways with Mission hot-spot Flour + Water in order to pursue a local, start-up pizza project of his own. Luckily, chef Thomas McNaughton is well versed in the ways of the wood-burning oven, having trained in Italy as well as stateside, and will take over that station for the restaurant. Flour + Water, 2401 Harrison St., San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-826-7000.
 
Urban Tavern, located inside the Hilton San Francisco in Union Square, has a new executive chef. Colin Duggan was promoted from executive sous, and will maintain the stylish gastropub's menu of contemporary comfort cuisine made from seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Urban Tavern, Hilton San Francisco, 333 O'Farrell St., San Francisco, CA 94102, 415-923-4400.
 

Closings

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