Bar Agricole: good cocktails, small plates, industrial chic in San Francisco

Bar Agricole opened this evening (officially, that is) to a rather fashionable crowd intent on sampling as many of their cocktails ($8) and small plates. We started with a glass of cava and a dolcetto then ordered a few small plates, all of which were very delicious and fresh: courgette fritters ($6) grilled sardines with […]

Skool: fabulous industrial chic fish restaurant opens in Potrero Hill

Skool is a new fish restaurant that opened three weeks ago in the Potrero Hill neighborhood (not up in the hills but on the flats, near Grand Pu Bah). Skool┬áconsists of two husband and wife pairs, Toshihoro and Hiroko Nagano and Andy and Olia Mirabell. The first thing you notice when you arrive at Skool […]

Cheap Eats San Francisco, summer 2010 edition

Cheap Eats San Francisco, the summer edition, is here. You know that eating out in San Francisco can be very expensive. Many restaurants charge $15 for an appetizer, $28 for a main dish, and $10 for dessert, but what do you get for that? Most of the time, nothing special. Multiply that by two and […]

Ruchi: delicious homestyle South Indian cuisine (CLOSED)

CLOSED Last night I had a chance to visit Ruchi, a restaurant serving homestyle south Indian food, in the south of Market (SOMA) neighborhood of San Francisco. I have dined at other restaurants serving south Indian food (see my review of Dosa) and I love the dosas and piquant vegetable dishes from a region whose […]

Bouchon: a French bistro in the heart of Napa Valley

If you are visiting Napa Valley, make sure you stop by the town of Yountville, the culinary capital of the region and home to several famous restaurants like The French Laundry, Bistro Jeanty and Bouchon. This week, I went to Bouchon Bistro for lunch after an exhausting hike up to Bald Mountain in the Sugar […]

Marlowe: cool bistro opens in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood

Marlowe, a bistro on Townsend Street across the Caltrain station in San Francisco’s south of Market (SOMA) district, has just opened in the space formerly occupied by South Food & Wine Bar. Anna Weinberg (one of the founders of South) is behind Marlowe, but there is a different menu and wine list. Where South F&WB […]

Manora: good, reasonably priced Thai restaurant in SOMA (San Francisco)

I will be adding Manora to my list of favorite Thai restaurants in San Francisco (Basil Thai, Grand PuBah). The menu is smaller than at other Thai places with fewer curry dishes which leads me to believe that the owners are from Northern Thailand. The sour seafood soup (tom yum) is very spicy and savoury. […]