Three SF restaurants I’m loving right now: Nombe, Frances and Credo

I have to highlight these three recently opened restaurants in San Francisco that serve outstanding food and have very good service: (1) Nombe: Japanese izakaya on Mission Street at 21st which serves Japanese small plates and an dazzling array of sake. I went back last night with friends because the last time I was there, […]

Credo: superb northern Italian cuisine comes to San Francisco’s Financial District

I had a chance to go to the newly opened Credo in San Francisco’s Financial District last night. Although the restaurant has been open for only a week, it is already very busy. When you enter the restaurant the first thing you notice is how light and airy it is. High ceilings, white walls with […]

Top 2009 trend (SF edition): street food

The economic crisis has not been kind to the restaurant business in San Francisco. Many places have closed after more than a decade in the city. But street food became very popular in 2009 and found its own cult following.¬†Perhaps because of belt-tightening, SF foodies flocked in large numbers to food carts and trendy taco […]

Top 10 recently opened restaurants in SF

Since the coming of a new year is always an occasion for lists, here is my list of top restaurants that have recently opened in SF (recently being 2008 and 2009). They are restaurants I have visited and reviewed. If you click on the links below, they will take you to my review. I will […]

Frances: San Francisco’s latest neighborhood gem serves luscious Mediterranean-inspired dishes

Frances is chef Melissa Perello’s latest venture. Perello was the celebrated chef at Fifth Floor who earned 3 stars from the SF Chronicle. But like many young chefs, she decided to strike out on her own. The result, Frances, is impressive precisely because it is small, intimate, and seemingly effortless in serving the kind of […]

Nombe: Japanese izakaya opens in the Mission District (SF)

Here’s a wonderful restaurant in the Mission District of San Francisco you should check out: Nombe, a Japanese izakaya, has just opened on Mission Street at 21st. An izakaya is a Japanese drinking place where food (small plates to be shared among friends) is served alongside drinks (at least more substantial food than in a […]

Suzu House: Japanese noodle soups for cold days in San Francisco

If you find yourself in San Francisco’s Japantown or Pacific Heights on a cold day, make sure you stop by Suzu House for delicious ramen, soba and udon noodle soups. Suzu House is located inside one of the Japantown malls on Post Street below my favorite Japanese bookstore, Kinokuniya. It gets very crowded and there […]