Tag Archive for Korean

Urchin Bistrot's mussels served escargot-style

7 NorCal Road Trips; 4 New SF Restaurants; Underrated Italian, Chinese & Peruvian Spots

From my 15 articles/posts a week as Zagat Editor, I summarize and link to just some coverage highlights here – you can sign up for Zagat’s weekly newsletter for highlights here and follow along on Twitter @ZagatSF, where I post daily. As I have been for over a decade, I’m on the ground daily looking for early standouts at each… Read more →

Muguboka's killer

Top Tastes: Of Banchan, Ramen & Squid Innards

Authentic Asian cuisine of every category is one of California and the Bay Area’s strengths, with constant new openings from hole-in-the-walls to hipster hotspots. Busy dining at a slew of Asian newcomers, like the Richmond’s mellow Daigo Sushi, or Szechuan outpost Chili House, these three restaurants stand out for one (or a few) reasons. MUGUBOKA, Inner Richmond (401 Balboa St. at… Read more →

An array of Korean banchan (mini-plates and bites) accompanies BAP lunch sets at FuseBOX

Top Tastes: Korean Bites In Oakland & SF’s Tenderloin

The nation has become increasingly enamored with kimchi and all things fermented. California long being home to some of the US’ densest Asian populations, this side of the palate is staple vs. exotic novelty. As San Francisco’s population consists of as many Asians as Caucasians, it’s no surprise that we are blessed with an endless wealth of authentic Asian food,… Read more →

A special of buckwheat gnocchi, pan seared in black garlic gastrique

Namu Gaji: A Melding of Asian Cuisines

NAMU GAJI, Mission (499 Dolores St. at 18th, 415-431-6268) Though Namu Gaji is brand new, the presence of Namu and the Lee brothers, Dennis, David and Daniel, has been felt in San Francisco for years. Since 2006, the Lee Brothers have been weaving Korean, Japanese and a mixture of Asian cuisines with California spirit in the original, now shuttered Richmond… Read more →

Beef chef ramen lunch at Nombe

The Lunch Hour: 8 Top Spots Now

The lunch hour advances around town with a slew of notable openings or new lunch menus. Here are some of the best lunches from new chefs or recently opened spots (most opened in the last one to six months). NOMBE, Mission (2491 Mission St. at 21st, 415-681-7150) Nombe faced a bit of a struggle recovering from uber-talented chef Nick Balla’s… Read more →

Answer the question above the Chubby Noodle counter at the back of Amante

3 First-Rate Cheap Eats Spots

Our city is loaded with amazing cheap eats. Here’s three new places worth adding to your go-to list. CHUBBY NOODLE, North Beach (570 Green Street between Columbus & Jasper Place, 415-361-8850) Chubby Noodle easily counts as a best cheap eats opening of 2011. In the back of comfortably retro Amante bar, order at a kitchen window (illuminated in neon by… Read more →

Bar Agricole's striking space... now open for Four Barrel & free WiFi all day long

Talking Breakfast, Coffee, Thai, Korean, Peruvian, Middle Eastern & More Cheap Eats

Top Tastes, rather than a list of all-time favorites (another thing altogether), are among the best eats since my last newsletter, often from new openings. Many don’t make the cut, being a revisit previously written about or simply not as stand-out as dishes mentioned. A MEAL CHABAA THAI’S Pork Neck Larb, Inner Sunset – I am transported straight back to… Read more →