There's always somewhere new to go in San Francisco. And with this fall's rush of major restaurant openings, your to-try list is about to get a whole lot longer. Here are the must-try new spots in and around the city this month.
August 1 Five. Named for the date of India's independence from Britain, August 1 Five is a sleek destination for modern Indian fare. Think jewel-tones, intimate booths, and peacocks galore. Feast on goat cheese arancini with Indian pickles, lobster with curry leaves, and tandoori-kissed lamb. Perfect for a pre- or post-opera bite.
Sasaki. The Mission is now home to a new, initimate sushi experience. Sasaki boasts an omakase-only menu and an incredible roster of sushi chef talent thanks to partners Takanori Wada and Masa Sasaki (who earned hotspot Maruya its Michelin star). The spare, intimate space seats 12, so plan your sushi extravaganza in advance.
Fort Green. A sports bar for foodies in Old Oakland, Fort Green is the latest endeavor from the allstar team behind Oakland's Drexl and Miranda. For Fort Green, they collaborated with Nick Balla and Cortney Burns of Bar Tartine fame, resulting in a menu of gems like smoked and fried potato flatbread and Balla's legendary chicken wings.
Kenzo. This restaurant is the long-held vision from the owners of Napa's Kenzo Estate, and is a study in immaculate, Japanese technique. With Chef Hiroyuki Kanda at the helm (his Tokyo restaurant Kanda has had three Michelin stars for the past 9 years), the 27-seat restaurant has two prix fixe dining options; a sushi menu and a kaiseki menu. Plan on wine and sake pairings.
The Restaurant at CIA Copia. The newest Culinary Insitiute of America campus in downtown Napa has a restaurant well-worth exploring – featuring roving carts of playful dishes wines by the glass. expect a lively, dynamic dining experience. Don't skip the bone marrow gratin, or the roast pumpkin filled with lobster ragout.
The Saratoga. A historic hotel has been transformed into a stunner of a cocktail bar from the Bacchus Group (the team behind beloved Spruce restaurant). The two-level space features original ironwork from the early 20th Century, a collection of rare spirits, and a menu of refreshed classics like chicken paillard and steak au poivre.
Babu Ji. The first West Coast outpost of the wildly popular East Village destination, Babu Ji promises a lively, dynamic vibe, cravable flavors, and yes, a self serve beer fridge. Opening in the Mission next Monday, expect yogurt croquettes, duck curry, and cocktails galore.
[Photo: August 1 Five]
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