This week I could barely think about food much of the time, I don't know about you. We did get word about a new wine bar, Waystone, headed to the space next door to Popsons in the Warfield building, and The Saratoga picked kind of an awkward week to open, but people do need to drink. Here's what else has been going on.
Inside Scoop brings news of Rooh, an upscale, modern, pan-regional Indian restaurant set to open in SoMa, in the Dropbox building at 333 Brannan. It's the project of the Bhambri family, who run the Good Times restaurant group and own nine restaurants in India, with this being their first project in the US. With a London- and Mumbai-trained chef, Sujan Sarkar, you can expect molecular gastronomy alongside tandoor-oven cooking, with a seven- to nine-course tasting menu. They're aiming for early 2017.
Single Thread, the big, ambitious new fine fining spot (and inn) in Healdsburg from the husband and wife team of Kyle and Katina Connaughton, finally has an opening date of December 2, according to BiteClubEats. We first talked about this place in June, and they've been trying to get open since late summer, but so it goes sometimes. The restaurant features an 11-course menu served in an intimate setting, and they're now accepting reservations here.
It's still a couple months off, with an opening earlier announced in early 2017, but the Rich Table fast-casual chicken spot, RT Rotisserie (101 Oak Street), officially has a menu that sounds quite delicious. Inside Scoop snagged that, and as you can see, you'll be able to get a half chicken for $8.50, or a whole bird for $16, with two sauces, or a combo deal with some starter bites for $21 per person. Also, there will be roast pork too.
And the much anticipated menu for dinner at Tartine Manufactory is now out, via Eater, and it looks damn tasty. Chef Sam Goinsalvos created the menu along with co-founder and baker Chad Robertson, and it leans toward rustic and California-ish fare. Reservations can now be found here.
Some exciting news for Bernal Heights: Skillshot Pinball and Bar is set to take over the former Cutting Edge Salon space at Cortland and Folsom, and Bernalwood reports that it's the dream project of a Bernal couple, and they're planning to have league nights, kids' happy hours, and more.
Also, the chic Japanese bathhouse and restaurant, Onsen, opens today in the Tenderloin at 466 Eddy Street. Eater has the food, tea, and sake menu, the food part of which was the work of former Oro and Ame chef George Meza.
La Victoria Bakery in the Mission is planning to reimagine itself as a bar with food, which will be called Santo at La Victoria. They will still sell baked goods, but they'll be remodeling the space to add a bar, and bringing in a menu of 12 small plates all under $10, as owner Jaime Maldonado tells Inside Scoop. The reimagined place will open in January.
Over in Old Oakland, taking over the former sports bar The Go at 8th and Washington, is a new-fangled sports bar called Fort Green. It's the work of the team behind Oakland cocktail spots Drexl and The Miranda, and they enlisted the help of Bar Tartine chefs Nick Balla and Cortney Burns to create the bar snacks. So yeah, not your average sports bar.
And in Berkeley, New York's much acclaimed ramen spot Ippudo is opening its first Bay Area location on January 2. As Eater reports, it's going into the WeWork at 2011 Shattuck, a few months ahead of a San Francisco location set to open at 18 Yerba Buena Lane.
This Week in Reviews
Michael Bauer returned to Press in St. Helena for his update review this week, and found the food lacking in a number of ways, noting in particular how over-priced everything is in particular with an $18 scant portion of kabocha squash soup. He complains about nearly every dish, with the exception of the steak, but still praises the atmosphere, service, and deep list of Napa Cabernets. So, somehow, an otherwise lackluster review ends up being three stars, with two and a half for the food.
Peter Lawrence Kane at SF Weekly checks out the revamped and reopened Elite Cafe, and he's much impressed by the newly refocused New Orleans menu. He especially loves the jambalaya and crawfish étouffée, as well as the Meetinghouse Biscuits with ham and chipotle cheddar. And, he says "the Fernet chocolate cheesecake is among the most sophisticated flavors I’ve tasted in a long time."
As always, this space will be updated when Bauer's Sunday review goes live.