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

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, they had not yet obtained their liquor license. Well, last night, we tried several types of sake from the very dry to the sweet-sublime. As usual the service was outstanding and the food very delicious (try the brussels sprouts, calamari, ahi tuna, pickled daikon). Read my earlier review of Nombe.

http://www.mapplr.com/2009/12/16/nombe-japanese-izakaya-opens-in-mission-district-sf/

(2) Frances: I understand why the restaurant critic of the Financial Times fell head over heels in love with Frances: “Frances makes me a little crazy. I ate there for the first time just after it opened last month and booked to return straight away. After the second visit, I made an entire week’s worth of reservations, one every night, taking any available time slot.”  The reviewer recommended the gnocchi and the beef.

Frances (Photo by Jennifer Yin)

http://www.mapplr.com/2009/12/20/frances-luscious-mediterranean-inspired-dishes-san-francisco/

(3) Credo: my most recent find and indeed a gem in the Financial District of San Francisco, Credo serves Northern Italian cuisine in a large, beautiful airy space.

http://www.mapplr.com/2010/01/22/credo-superb-northern-italian-cuisine-comes-to-san-francisco-financial-district/

If you have favorites I have missed, please list them in the comments section below.

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