Titled after the infamous Burritt Alley where Sam Spade’s partner was shot in The Maltese Falcon, Burritt Room +Tavern is home to famed East-Coast Chef, Charlie Palmer's much-anticipated San Francisco debut restaurant. On the second floor of the just-off Union Square, Mystic Hotel, you’ll escape into something resembling a speakeasy, bedizened with film-noir flourishes. Intimate booths, natural wood and framed historical snaps of the City by the Bay create a cozy backdrop for Executive Chef Ashley Weaver’s twist on American classics infused with a bountiful selection of local Bay Area ingredients. Offerings include Tomales Bay oyster soup with parsley oil and bacon lardons as well as comforting sides such as a rich creamy polenta with goat cheese and herb parmesan fries. Prepare to eat, and loosen those belts.
Interior view of Burritt Tavern
Dungeness Crab Salad
A refreshing Basil Peach Punch at Burritt Room + Tavern
At last night's SF Chefs launch party under the dome at Westfield, San Francisco Centre, there were delectable offerings from Straits Cafe, La Boulange, Lark Creek Steak, La Cupola and more. And although they're not opening their doors until September 2012, the crowd went culinary crazy for the noodle-making skills of the upcoming restaurant, M.Y. China by Martin Yan. The olympic-worthy performance, was just a glimpse of what's to come at M.Y. China with its future open kitchen which will allow "diners to watch the chefs at work, from the intricate folding of dumplings and won tons to the hand-pulling and twisting of noodles." The restaurant will also "feature a floor to ceiling array of small monitors along one wall with continuous loops of Martin Yan cooking shows, creating a digital mosaic of the showman in action."
And we know that Yan Can Cook, but you don't have to wait until September to try his cuisine. Chef Martin Yan, along with many of Bay Area's finest and most talented chefs will be showcasing their cooking talents at the upcoming SF Chefs food, wine and spirits festival being held on July 30th - August 5th in San Francisco.
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Oh, Jimmy…what took you so long? We’ve been waiting for years.
Choo shoe lovers can rejoice as Jimmy Choo finally opens its first 1700 square foot stand-alone boutique in San Francisco. Most well-known for their stylish stilettos, this British luxury brand will also offer handbags, accessories, and fragrances in their boudoir-inspired Union Square location. The natural-colored décor accompanied with lavish, contemporary mirrors and chandeliers make the perfect backdrop for the season’s collection of ultra-bright footwear and leather goods. Chic techies will love the exclusive black and white crystal-encrusted “TYLER” iPad case ($495).
This is no ordinary neighborhood café and bakery. Cassava is the new Outer Richmond gem serving well-executed offerings, at affordable prices. Tiny in size, but big on flavors, this newlywed team of Kris Toliao and Yuko Ioroi incorporate high-quality ingredients into their short, but sweet menu. Start the day off with a Sous-vide poached egg with chorizo, queso fresco and tomato sauce or a just out-of-the oven quiche. Toliao’s attention to detail is apparent with previous stints at Michelin-starred spots including Luce in S.F., and Kikunoi in Japan. And speaking of Japanese, Cassava serves a traditional Japanese breakfast on weekends. They also offer special dinner tasting menus at their 12-seat communal table, but do book up fast. It’s BYOB until they get their wine and beer license, so grab your favorite beverage and come on over to Cassava.