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You no longer have to trek to the Outer Richmond for Mourad Lahlou’s fine Moroccan fare. Aziza’s sparkling downtown spinoff plates such flavorful dishes as salmon with fennel, Marcona almonds and zhug (a Middle Eastern hot sauce), and chicken brined in green olives with preserved lemons and brown-butter couscous.
140 New Montgomery St.; 415-660-2500 or mouradsf.com
Take a vacation without leaving home at this Hawaiian-inspired restaurant by star chef Ravi Kapur. Admire the gorgeous black-and-white photo of the chef’s mom while you inhale tuna poki on nori chips or Manila clams in a coconut curry with fava leaves, fresh turmeric and garlic naan.
871 Sutter St.; 415-440-5446 or liholihoyachtclub.com
At this Latin-meets-Caribbean joint in SoMa, it?s as much about the drink as the food. You?re in for cocktail-friendly small plates like ceviche and Navajo tacos. Instead of a tortilla, this taco is served on fry bread folded around oxtail, pork cheek, rock cod or nopales with mushrooms.
1123 Folsom St.; 415-525-3676 or elcapsf.com
Chef Val Cantu, who has cooked at Sons & Daughters and Mexico City’s Pujol, brings dishes influenced by his Mexican heritage to a rotating seven-course tasting menu. Think corn and rice chips with fermented-pepper puree, and smoked hamachi with shaved radish. Keep your mind open--you don’t get a copy of the menu until after you’ve eaten what’s on it.
3115 22nd St.; 415-757-0994 or californiossf.com
Hey, food lovers. (So, basically everyone in the city.) Let’s talk.
With a new restaurant popping up almost every day, it’s hard to keep track of where to go next. And while we’re busy bringing you surprising urban treats (from smart mirrors to off-season wine-country deals), we know that sometimes you just want to know what’s hot.
That’s why we’ve rounded up the buzziest SF restaurants to open so far this year. Let us whet your appetite:
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