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Gloria Tai

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Pork and Pints Just Right
By Gloria Tai (Sep 13, 2009)
Itís not your typical creaky, dark pub where the lads come to brood. The Marinaís The Tipsy Pig, where the noise level is ear-splitting, is bursting at the seams with beautiful people -- guests and staff alike. What else would be expected of a watering hole and gastropub from the Vintage 415 team (Umami, Mamacita, Blue Barn) who have mastered a simple formula: great drinks and surprisingly good food in a lively atmosphere. More »
All About the Wagyu
By Gloria Tai (Aug 16, 2009)
I am a carnivore. Give me a good, juicy steak a tad on the bloody side and I am in heaven. So newcomer 5A5 Steak Lounge, specializing in high-fat, high-quality A5 Japanese wagyu beef (the highest classification) was right up my alley. The grade of meat on offer is determined by the sublime combination of texture, color, fat quality, and marbling -- and, of course, the remarkable flavor that results. More »
Mina Delivers a Taste of Burgundy
By Gloria Tai (Jul 14, 2009)
Sophistication and substance are givens with a Michael Mina restaurant. rn74, his latest creation, located on the ground floor of the SoMa luxury residence Millennium Tower, is no exception. Get past the moniker (which takes its name from Route National 74, the road that runs through the most prestigious wine houses of Burgundy, France) that follows the familiar trend of letter/digit restaurant titles (A16, 5A5), and youíll find a sleek space thatís equal parts industrial concrete and luxurious dark wood. More »
Modern Chinese Brings a Little Heaven to SoMa
By Gloria Tai (Jun 10, 2009)
Charles Phan has been a busy chef. First, he cornered the market on modern French-Vietnamese cuisine with Slanted Door and continues to expand his mini-empire with two Out the Door outposts and one on the way. Then thereís his recent collaboration with Lorraine Keller at The Moss Room and Academy Cafť in the newly designed Academy of Sciences. And, as if these spots werenít enough, heís now ventured into a new cuisine with Heavenís Dog -- savory food of Northern China -- and a new locale in the base floor of the Soma Grand condo residence tower, not nearly as dramatic as the stunning bayside setting of Slanted Door or the Moss Room. More »
A Culinary Tour
By Gloria Tai (May 12, 2009)
There really isnít much lacking on the culinary front in San Francisco -- we have just about any ethnic cuisine at our fingertips. But we donít see much in terms of cuisine from the southern hemisphere. Perhaps itís because New Zealand can be likened in many ways to California as a melting pot cuisine. However, there is a distinctness in the types of seasonings and ingredients used thatís got a little something different -- a slightly unfamiliar edginess we like and miss from the 42nd latitude below the equator. More »
Tiny New Tapas Bar Invigorates Nob Hill
By Gloria Tai (Apr 01, 2009)
Spanish tapas restaurants abound in the city, like Ramblas and Cha Cha Cha in the Mission, Gitane and B44 downtown, or Zarzuela in Nob Hill. But what has been missing is the true tapas bar that reflects what youíd experience in Madrid or Valencia: quaint enough for a few glasses of wine and a few bites before you head elsewhere for the next round. That is, until now, with the opening of Lalola. More »
Castro Spot Exudes Italian Charm
By Gloria Tai (Mar 10, 2009)
Some restaurants feel like home. Poesia gives just that feel as you walk up into the second story restaurant, which could pass for a San Francisco residence or inn. Set in a relatively quiet pocket of the Castro neighborhood, the mostly Southern Italian restaurant is nestled between residential homes, neighborhood bars and interesting shops (chaps, anyone?) on 18th Street. More »
Hot Newcomer Gets Poor Marks
By Gloria Tai (Dec 09, 2009)
Combine excellent waterfront views, a stunning space, an international celebrity chef and a mouthful of a restaurant name, and the result is a set of very high dining expectations. While the views, cebiches and cocktails are fabulous at La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, this high-buzz hotspot continues to miss the mark on much of its menu as well as on service. More »
Modern Takes on Seafood Canít Beat The Classics
By Gloria Tai (Sep 10, 2008)
Seafood has been a quiet but growing trend of late. To name just a few variations on this theme, there is the upscale new Waterbar on the Embarcadero, the shack-style Woodhouse Fish Company (soon to open its second location on Fillmore) and Fish (in Sausalito), the sustainably-focused Fish and Farm (in the Theater District), raw takes at Bar Crudo (soon to move to the Divisadero corridor), and the newly opened Nettie's Crab Shack (in the old Palmetto spot on Union). More »
Hayes Valley Wins a Casual-Chic Sushi Counter
By Gloria Tai (Aug 25, 2008)
Hot trend of late: the casual, Japanese bar food scene. (Think O Izakaya and Sebo.) While the sushi offerings in these "Japanese tapas" bars are of the familiar, Americanized kind -- with ingredient flair and additions that seem to have no business in sushi -- the feel is Tokyo intimate. Domo joins the club, offering a chic, casual, and reasonably priced option for a quick sushi fix in Hayes Valley, just around the corner from sushi purist zone Sebo. More »
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