Manora: good, reasonably priced Thai restaurant in SOMA (San Francisco)

Spicy thai food

I will be adding Manora to my list of favorite Thai restaurants in San Francisco (Basil Thai, Grand PuBah). The menu is smaller than at other Thai places with fewer curry dishes which leads me to believe that the owners are from Northern Thailand. The sour seafood soup (tom yum) is very spicy and savoury. […]

Three SF restaurants I’m loving right now: Nombe, Frances and Credo

Photo by Jennifer Yin

I have to highlight these three recently opened restaurants in San Francisco that serve outstanding food and have very good service: (1) Nombe: Japanese izakaya on Mission Street at 21st which serves Japanese small plates and an dazzling array of sake. I went back last night with friends because the last time I was there, […]

Credo: superb northern Italian cuisine comes to San Francisco's Financial District

credo restaurant san francisco

I had a chance to go to the newly opened Credo in San Francisco’s Financial District last night. Although the restaurant has been open for only a week, it is already very busy. When you enter the restaurant the first thing you notice is how light and airy it is. High ceilings, white walls with […]

Top 2009 trend (SF edition): street food

Spencer on the Go

The economic crisis has not been kind to the restaurant business in San Francisco. Many places have closed after more than a decade in the city. But street food became very popular in 2009 and found its own cult following.¬†Perhaps because of belt-tightening, SF foodies flocked in large numbers to food carts and trendy taco […]

Top 10 recently opened restaurants in SF

photo taken by jeannie choe

Since the coming of a new year is always an occasion for lists, here is my list of top restaurants that have recently opened in SF (recently being 2008 and 2009). They are restaurants I have visited and reviewed. If you click on the links below, they will take you to my review. I will […]

Frances: San Francisco’s latest neighborhood gem serves luscious Mediterranean-inspired dishes

Photo by Jennifer Yin

Frances is chef Melissa Perello’s latest venture. Perello was the celebrated chef at Fifth Floor who earned 3 stars from the SF Chronicle. But like many young chefs, she decided to strike out on her own. The result, Frances, is impressive precisely because it is small, intimate, and seemingly effortless in serving the kind of […]

Nombe: Japanese izakaya opens in the Mission District (SF)


Here’s a wonderful restaurant in the Mission District of San Francisco you should check out: Nombe, a Japanese izakaya, has just opened on Mission Street at 21st. An izakaya is a Japanese drinking place where food (small plates to be shared among friends) is served alongside drinks (at least more substantial food than in a […]

Suzu House: Japanese noodle soups for cold days in San Francisco

suzu house noodles san francisco japantown

If you find yourself in San Francisco’s Japantown or Pacific Heights on a cold day, make sure you stop by Suzu House for delicious ramen, soba and udon noodle soups. Suzu House is located inside one of the Japantown malls on Post Street below my favorite Japanese bookstore, Kinokuniya. It gets very crowded and there […]

More wonderful San Francisco street food: Lumpia Cart

food cart selling lumpia in san francisco

I’m such a fan of San Francisco’s street food scene, exemplified by Adobo Hobo, Carte 415, and now Lumpia Cart. The name says it all: they sell Filipino lumpia. This evening I sampled the lumpia shanghai which is made of savoury ground pork mixed with minced carrots and spices, stuffed inside a very crispy lumpia […]

The Corner: cozy Italian style bistro in the Mission

The Corner Restaurant in the Mission (SF)

If you are looking for a cozy, informal Italian-style bistro in the Mission district of San Francisco, make sure you check out The Corner, located two doors down from sister restaurant, Weird Fish. What I like about The Corner is that it’s exactly the kind of place you would go for a glass (or two) […]

San Francisco street food: Adobo Hobo makes delicious Philippine adobo

adobo hobo street food san francisco

I finally had a chance to sample Adobo Hobo’s famous chicken adobo, one of the most popular dishes in the Philippines. The Adobo Hobo food cart happened to be in South Park today and since I live just ten minutes away, I went there for lunch. And it was¬† . . . excellent! My Filipino […]

RN74 restaurant review: impressive wine list, delicious food at Michael Mina's SOMA venture


I had to try out RN74, the latest venture by Michael Mina and sommelier Rajat Parr, located in the south of Market (SOMA) district of San Francisco, if only because the opening has been the buzz of the town and I’ve been walking past it every day while it was under construction (it is located […]