As mentioned last week, the owner of Game (in the former Masa's on Nob Hill), Sachin Chopra, decided to abandon the game-meat-focused (there was only ever elk and some goat on the menu) concept, and is using the space instead for a second location of his acclaimed Indian spot All Spice. The original San Mateo restaurant has held a Michelin star that last few years, and Chopra told Inside Scoop that he'd made the decision because Game failed to get any "traction" in the SF scene, and, "We decided it would be best for the restaurant and our sanity to try to do what we know the best." Opening night of the new All Spice is tomorrow, Friday. And tonight there's a pre-opening benefit with tickets starting at $5.
The event, which includes a complimentary tasting of items from the All Spice menu from 5:30 to 8 p.m., will benefit Hand Up, an organization that funnels money directly to local homeless individuals for immediate needs like medical expenses and housing.
Chopra trained at Daniel in New York City as well as at Indian restaurants in New York and California. Michael Bauer has the food at All Spice, San Mateo, "inspired," and "Just about every dish had exceptional elements." He also said, back in 2011, it's "the type of restaurant that would probably have lines out the door if it was in San Francisco." We shall see!
All Spice - 648 Bush Street - Opening Friday, March 13