A curated list of new restaurants, changes at established restaurants and other newsy, foodie bits around San Francisco and the greater Bay Area and Wine Country.
Perched atop Luma Hotel in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, a rooftop restaurant owned and operated by managing partners John Park (Kaiyo, Whitechapel) and Anthony Parks (True Hospitality Group), focuses on the warm vibes of Central and South America and the Caribbean. Cast your eye on the sweeping views of the bay and note the flickering light from the wicker-wrapped lamps before settling into a cozy leather chair. The cocktail menu dives deep into the region’s renowned spirits–rum and tequila are flanked by cachaça, mezcal, raicilla, sotol, and Mexican corn whiskey–while the menu ranges from Venezuela’s arepas and Brazil’s bohlinhos de bacalhau to Ecudaor’s chifles and Peru’s aguachiles. Don’t worry, guacamole and tostadas originate south of the border, too.
100 Channel St, 17th floor, San Francisco; 415.757.1470
Chef/owner Jake Rand, who also owns nearby Sushi Kosho, is making a case for seafood as a reason to head north at his latest spot at The Barlow. Sit at the marble bar or at one of the French-style bistro tables to experience Rand’s hi-lo menu that spans the global seafood cannon. Crispy oysters bedeck a heap of impossible to stop eating duckfat fries, Spanish octopus is grilled “ a la plancha” with shitake dressing and black garlic aioli, blue fin tuna arrives square-shaped, topped with crispy capers and yuzu aioli. Pair your meal with a glass of wine from the mostly French list.
6751 McKinley St, Sebastopol; 707.503.6003
To see what’s New In Town in Marin, read my column in Marin Magazine.