The Top New Openings of the Month: March 2018

In my latest Time Out column, my top three openings of the month join other recent standout newcomers for a top 10 on where to eat now (article here):

— Inspired Modern Indian & Nepalese: Spice of America

Granola & yogurt for breakfast at Lokma

Chefs Krishna Timsina and Ram Ghale have cooked in India, the US and their native Nepal. At their recently debuted Spice of America, experience their fresh take on Indian and Nepalese food. Handmade Nepalese momo (dumplings), toasted shrimp in pineapple anchovy relish and ginger froth, and a killer chicken tikka masala dum biryani showcase the creative comfort this talented crew is turning out of the kitchen.

— Rustic Italian, Cal-Med in the Tenderloin: Dispensa Italian Charcoal Kitchen

Opening Dispensa Italian Charcoal Kitchen with Tiziana Costamagna (Vinity Wine Company) and Stu Gerry (former Cafe Flore owner), chef Michele Bevilacqua’s hospitality and cooking recalls his restaurant days in Venice. In a lofty, brick-walled space Michele restored himself, he cooks from an eco-friendly Italian X-Oven. But this is Cal-Med cooking — no pasta and pizza here. Try tender grilled squid in a heartwarming tomato sauce or rosemary and lemon-scented chicken over roasted eggplant, cooked to rustic Italian perfection.

— Cozy, Neighborhood Turkish Haven in Outer Richmond: Lokma

Outer Richmond Turkish, Cal-Med newcomer, Lokma, opened with brunch and lunch in a sunny corner space from owner and Turkey native Emre Kabaye. Here, California avocado toast co-exists with a “Turkish Breakfast for Two” platter and Turkish coffee. They just added evening hours serving the likes of carrot hummus scooped up with housemade pita bread or manti (Turkish dumplings) in garlic yogurt and tomato butter sauce.

Spice of America’s fab tuna-chickpea-crispy kale chaat dotted with Meyer lemon and spicy bell pepper glace

Perfect lemon chicken over eggplant at Dispensa Italian Charcoal Kitchen