San Francisco’s Best New Restaurants: August 2015
Seafood and small plates are just the beginning
A lot happened while you were vacationing. From healthy fast food by the Omakase folks to five-course seafood-centric dinners with a French influence, you’ve got a whole lot of reservations to make. Here are the six new restaurants you need to know.
Salsipuedes Small plates and rosé are the name of the game at this Baja-inspired bistro helmed by a Meadowood vet. Embrace the beachy vibe by ordering the roasted corn, sea grass and trout roe; shishito peppers with cooked fruit and salt plum; and heirloom bean cioppino.
Salsipuedes, 4201 Market St., Oakland; 510-350-7489 or salsipuedes.us
Petit Crenn This new Hayes Valley spot, a casual concept by Michelin-starred restaurateur Dominique Crenn, has a strong seafood bent. Drop in for Champagne and oysters at the bar or reserve your spot for one of two nightly five-course seated dinners. Think escargot in a chanterelle mushroom broth and a whole fire-roasted trout topped with cider sauce.
Petit Crenn, 609 Hayes St.; 415-864-1744 or petitcrenn.com
The Advocate From the owners of downtown Berkeley’s Mexican joint Comal comes this new restaurant offering rustic, wood-fired NorCal fare. Let us recommend the chickpea fritters with Manila clams and salsa verde; the gnocchi sardi with lamb sausage; and a mouthwatering pork tenderloin with plum panzanella and shaved turnips.
The Advocate, 2635 Ashby Ave., Berkeley; 510-370-2200 or theadvocateberkeley.com
Calavera At this uptown Oakland hot spot, Mexican gets a mescal-rich makeover. Choose from three ceviches (we like the Negro de Pulpo with Spanish octopus, compressed melon and five-chile ash), then top off the app with a few tacos and Johnathan’s gin tonic (made with mescal gin).
Calavera, 2337 Broadway, Oakland; 510-338-3273 or calaveraoakland.com
Origami Market If the $150 prix fixe sushi experience at Omakase isn’t in your budget, head to sister restaurant Origami Market for prices that are more palatable (dishes average between $8 and $16). The healthy menu is divided into greens, rolls and bowls. Go for the rainbow papaya salad and three-grain rice bowl with salmon.
Origami Market, 669 Townsend St.; 415-865-9788 or origamimarket.com
Gardenias A French bistro with a delightful back garden, Gardenias is brought to you by the folks behind Woodward’s Garden. Savor the last bits of summer by ordering a shrub cocktail and the pork cutlets with pickled nectarines and sautéed butter beans.
Gardenias, 1963 Sutter St.; 415-621-7122 or facebook.com/gardeniassf