The 5 Restaurants You Need to Know Now
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It’s colder and drearier than it should be outside. But look on the bright side: You can find shelter (and sustenance) at these new restaurants while waiting for the fog to pass.
The folks behind Lord Stanley have a fine pedigree (Per Se, Central Kitchen, Commonwealth) and are plating sophisticated European fare on Polk Street in Russian Hill. Try onion petals with sherry vinegar before moving on to poached hen with radishes and barley. In no time you’ll feel royally satisfied.
2065 Polk St.; 415-872-5512 or lordstanleysf.com
A Kickstarter campaign revived this beloved vegan institution after its April closing in Nob Hill. Millennium 2.0 is now serving up its famous portobello entrée with roasted zucchini hash and sweet-corn poblano stew at its new Oakland digs.
5912 College Ave., Oakland; 510-735-9459 or millenniumrestaurant.com
At this minimalist sushi bar, it’s all about giving up control. A kimono-clad waitress greets you with bubbly, and the chefs take it from there. Expect sashimi freshly flown in from Japan, lobster appetizers and plenty of sake to boot. And please, for the love of sushi, give our tutorial a watch before you go.
665 Townsend St.; 415-865-0633 or omakasesf.com
The recently opened Hawker Fare now has a little friendly competition. New neighbor Farmhouse Kitchen is also serving up authentic Thai cuisine. Think crispy frog legs and green curry noodles with chicken and blood jelly. But if mainstream is more your thing, go for the spicy tom yum noodle soup with seafood and the river prawn pad thai.
710 Florida St.; 415-814-2920 or farmhousesf.com