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November 2010 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Dubbed Quince's "rustic little sister," Cotogna from Quince husband-and-wife team chef Michael and Lindsay Tusk has opened at 490 Pacific Avenue, directly next door to Quince. The upscale-casual trattoria ("cotogna" is the Italian word for quince) has as its centerpoint an eye-catching wood-burning rotisserie and grill, and features small wooden tables with seating for 34, a copper-topped bar and pizza counter with 14 seats, stone floors and floor-to-ceiling windows. Cuisine includes Tusk's notable seasonal pastas, and rustic preparations of meats, game birds, fish and some whole animal cooking such as suckling pig and lamb. Wines from Quince wine director David Lynch are prix-fixe at $40 per bottle across the list of 50 Italian labels. Craft cocktails from Jason LoGrasso include pedigreed and progressive ingredients. A $24 prix-fixe lunch (or à la carte pasta and pizzas) provide Jackson Square and Financial District diners with an intriguing new midday option. Reservations are not required. Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat. Cotogna, 490 Pacific Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133, 415-775-8508.
 
Daniel Patterson's (Coi, Il Cane Rosso) casual Oakland project Plum has opened on Broadway. The cozy space with room for 48 diners features an open kitchen with counter seating, communal tables and creative California dishes priced from $4-$18. Andrew Mosblech handles the affordable international wine list, and Charlie Parker (Bonny Doon Vineyard's Cellar Door Café) is executive chef. Dinner nightly until 1 a.m. Plum, 2214 Broadway Ave., Oakland, CA 94612, 510-444-7586.
 

News Bytes

Brunch at Prospect
Brunch at Prospect from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Sundays features a range of entrées from Ravi Kapur on the more soulful, savory side of upscale midday dining: fried chicken with biscuits and pepper jelly; plancha prawns with jalapeño-cheese grits; and corn skillet cakes with maple syrup. Cocktails include seasonal mimosas and a Bloody Mary from notable bar manager Brooke Arthur (Range), whose drinks are also now available at happy hour beginning at 4 p.m. (an hour before dinner service). Prospect, Infinity Towers, 300 Spear St., San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-247-7770.
 
Truffle Shuffle
Bay Area restaurants are piling on the truffles this season---here are a few of the special dinners going on around the region until supplies run out. Perbacco Ristorante + Bar is showcasing white truffles from Piemonte with antipasti such as warm terrine of rabbit confit and chilled cauliflower panna cotta topped with sea urchin and crab; primi including hand-cut tagliatelle with hen egg and San Daniele prosciutto; and mains such as roasted veal loin or seared sea scallops with chestnuts (three grams of white truffle per dish; market price). In Sausalito, Poggio's tartufi bianchi are shaved tableside into classic Piemontese dishes such as ravioli with ricotta and soft egg. Masa's seven-course, $250 white truffle tasting menu includes sautéed tilapia with beurre noisette and pan-roasted Fulton Valley Farms chicken with chestnuts, leeks, yams and apple. Newly opened Alexander's Steakhouse (415-495-1111) in the former bacar space is serving a $390, nine-course, black and white truffle dinner with Asian inspired dishes such as A5 Kagoshima rib-eye, soba noodle "carbonara" with uni essence, pancetta and paddlefish roe and black truffle jus poached turbot. And in Yountville, Bardessono celebrates white truffles with risotto, scallop, chicken and sweetbreads. Call individual restaurants for reservations.
 

Chef Shuffle

After a brief return, executive chef Paul Feng has left Postrio Café & Bar. Stepping in is executive sous chef Michael Reining who has been with Postrio since May of this year. Reining has started a traditional Sunday buffet brunch in the hotel dining room's Grand Salon featuring unlimited Champagne for $50 per adult and $25 per child. Live jazz will be a highlight. Postrio CafĂ© & Bar, The Prescott Hotel, 545 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94102, 415-776-7825.
 
Chef Justin Simoneaux has left The Moss Room to helm Boxing Room, the upcoming project from the team behind Absinthe Brasserie & Bar. Simoneaux is a Louisiana native and plans a menu of Cajun and Creole inspired cuisine with California ingredients. The restaurant will open in early 2011 in Hayes Valley in the former Citizen Cake restaurant space at the corner of Grove and Gough.
 
Ozumo in San Francisco has a new executive chef. Twenty-six-year-old Alex Morgan has staged at Hachi Bei and Yoshia in Tokyo, and comes to the Bay Area from the kitchens of Akelarre in San Sebastian, Spain. He will maintain Ozumo's contemporary Japanese menu. The restaurant is also known for its sophisticated sushi bar and extensive saké collection, one of the largest in the country. Ozumo, 161 Steuart St., San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-882-1333.
 

Closings

October saw a continued changing of the guard with various closings around the Bay. Polk Street's Antica Trattoria shuttered after 15 years on October 16. In North Beach, the Washington Square Bar & Grill, which has been bought and sold, closed and resurrected for decades, is finally closed (probably for good), while across the park relative newcomer Joe DiMaggio's ended its four year run on October 28. Heralded casual standbys are also taking hits: on Haight Street, Burger Joint said goodbye after ten years, and over in Berkeley, historic pub Beckett's on Shattuck closed to make way for a future bistro.
 

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