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Gloria Tai

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Oh-so-fine Cocktails Light up Late Night Mission Spot
By Gloria Tai (Jul 08, 2008)
Beretta’s Italian inspired fare is good; its delicately crafted, lip-smacking cocktails are even better. Chef/owner Ruggero Gadaldi’s new Mission pizzeria/bar (in the former Last Supper Club space) is a departure not only in locale, but also in style and location from his other two neighborhood spots, Antica Trattoria and Pesce -- both on Russian Hill. More »
Fun, Cool Global Fare
By Gloria Tai (Jun 28, 2008)
Step into the future, 60's jet-set style at Lime Restaurant, the latest collaboration of club and restaurant veterans Greg Bronstein and Craige Walters, the design team behind Sno-Drift and the Red Room. The newly opened space, with its schizophrenic past-meets-future feel and internationally inspired cuisine, somehow works. More »
Decadence in Waterfront Dining
By Gloria Tai (Jun 18, 2008)
With so many dining options in San Francisco, classic American steakhouses seem to fall by the wayside. Sure, there are places like Morton's, Ruth's Chris and House of Prime Rib, but these chain establishments have gotten rusty, with their stuffy, stuck-in-the-80s versions of “fine dining.” More »
Turkish-Californian Delight
By Gloria Tai (May 27, 2008)
When you think of Turkish food, kebabs and hummus likely come to mind. Troya may have started out as a kebab house, but as of 2008 this Inner Richmond gem has evolved into a well-rounded spot worthy of inclusion in the SF foodie pantheon. How? A new chef with a solid pedigree. More »
Down Under Dining Spices Up the City
By Gloria Tai (Mar 04, 2008)
One might wonder what defines New Zealand or Australian cuisine if one had never been to either place. But when I heard South was opening, with its “down under" concept, I began reminiscing about my visits to these beautiful and bountiful destinations for food and wine. I dreamt of barramundi (a delicious white fish that balances delicate flavor with meatiness), local produce, and lots of lamb and beef -- with an Asian undercurrent -- paired with delicious native wines that have quickly gained status in recent years. More »
A Groovy Feast
By Gloria Tai (Nov 21, 2007)
A little piece of Brazil lives in a sweet SOMA spot called Bossa Nova. Easy to miss from the industrial, boxy façade of the exterior, the only thing distinguishing the restaurant/bar in any way is a small sticker of the Brazilian flag on the door. If you’re lucky enough to notice it and walk in between Tuesday and Thursday, you’ll be treated to a live bossa nova band. If you're looking for a cozy corner in which to dine, however, the glam scene and party vibe that often permeates the space could be overwhelming. More »
Rustic and Refined Meet on Union Street
By Gloria Tai (Nov 06, 2007)
Cow Hollow has been reinvigorating its restaurant scene with the likes of Umami, Jovino, and Osha Thai. The newest addition is Palmetto, which replaces Home on Union (and Cafe de Paris L'Entrecote before that). While Home leaned more towards the casual with comfort food like mac and cheese, Palmetto goes for elegant metropolitan, serving arancini and smoked sablefish with caviar. More »
Modern Japanese with Sizzle
By Gloria Tai (Oct 22, 2007)
First came the new bars; now restaurants follow suit in Polk Gulch. One of these bold new additions to the neighborhood is Sudachi, which tempts the palate with creative riffs on sushi and beckons the ear with its promise of live music on the weekends. More »
A Taste of Spain on Chestnut
By Gloria Tai (Sep 12, 2007)
While the Marina neighborhood offers the usual suspects of dining establishments in terms of choices -- Italian, Classic American, and Mexican -- what’s been missing is something Spanish. While Spain has been the hotbed for gastro-science in the last few years with the fame of El Bulli Restaurant, it seems San Francisco lost interest in the cuisine after the Spanish tapas and paella trend hit over a decade ago. Laiola’s Spanish/Catalan-centric fare and wine remind us that there is still a lot happening in Spain. More »
New Peruvian Adds a Little South American Flair to Hayes Valley
By Gloria Tai (Jul 31, 2007)
When in the Hayes Valley neighborhood and craving something brasserie-ish, I always think of Absinthe. For something casual and perfect with a lager, my go-to is Suppenkuche. While these two mainstays and other delightful Euro-centric restaurants play nicely into the prime Hayes Street scene, newcomer Essencia is a welcome addition. More »
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