Sarah Sung

SF Station Writer

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Authentic Venetian Cicchetti Becomes a Russian Hill Staple
By Sarah Sung (Apr 23, 2008)
Like a fine wine, some restaurants get better with age, and Pesce -- a bustling, Venetian-style small plates eatery that highlights fresh seafood -- is one of those lucky few. Open since 2000, Pesce graces Polk Street with a winning combination of consistently fresh, relatively healthy cuisine and a friendly atmosphere that accommodates first dates, business meetings and casual neighborhood diners. While it's possible to walk in without a reservation, an immediate seat at one of the closely packed tables is never a guarantee. More »
Pan-Asian Cuisine in the FiDi
By Sarah Sung (Apr 09, 2008)
Dinner in the Financial District is usually a big-ticket, hopefully expensable, occasion -- the likes of Boulevard, Aqua, and One Market -- while affordable, low-key "neighborhood dining" alternatives seem as elusive as a certain one-horned mythical creature. That is until Unicorn Restaurant opened last fall. While dinner is an option and happy hour specials run throughout the week, lunch is when Unicorn, the sibling to Berkeley’s acclaimed pan-Asian outpost, is at its busiest. More »
Afghan Cuisine Comes to Russian Hill
By Sarah Sung (Jan 15, 2008)
After Telegraph Hill’s February 2007 landslide closed Helmand on Broadway, the 16-year-old restaurant relocated to Russian Hill and took over the Yaya Cuisine space on Van Ness and Green. While most foodies flocked to the North Beach Helmand for its $10 lunch buffet, Helmand Palace now serves dinner exclusively. Even so, most -- if not all -- buffet items are available on the extensive menu. More »
Fusion Korean Cuisine That Makes for a Happy Belly
By Sarah Sung (Nov 27, 2007)
Starting with a food cart business in Golden Gate Park last year, Dennis Lee and his brothers Dan and David have already expanded their empire with Namu, a largely undiscovered, chef's-night-out secret spot. This Inner Richmond family-run restaurant offers a modern twist on classic Korean and Japanese dishes in a sleek, minimalist 40-seat dining room. The décor features local art for sale and a wooden tree, crafted out of a fallen cypress that the brothers found in GGP. In fact, the name Namu, which means “wood” in Korean, was inspired by this tree. More »
A San Francisco Institution, Perched in the Past
By Sarah Sung (Oct 02, 2007)
Roosted cliffside on Telegraph Hill below Coit Tower, Julius’ Castle is all about panoramic eye candy. With unmatched bay views to the north and east, no other restaurant can rival the landmark vistas, including the Bay Bridge, Treasure Island, and Alcatraz. While the food might be considered good by small-town U.S.A. standards, it won’t entice the discerning San Francisco crowd. On our visit, we did see fellow San Franciscans sitting at a few of the tables, but on the whole, the diners were not from the city. More »
A New Addition to the Mission
By Sarah Sung (Aug 28, 2007)
Don’t let the swank, Euro décor fool you. The food at this new Mission eatery, which replaced Amira, remains on par with the original restaurant, which means it’s nothing to rave about -- nor to sneeze at. Along with the thick-cut Belgian fries and creative dipping sauces for which Frjtz is known, the restaurant's crepes, salads, sandwiches and mussels add a much-needed mellow, inexpensive option to this restaurant-rich strip of Valencia. More »
A Taste of Peru in Bernal Heights
By Sarah Sung (May 22, 2007)
If you're not familiar with Bernal, just take Mission south past 30th Street, hang a left on Cortland, and you'll find yourself in this quaint, hilly neighborhood in no time. Open since March 2007 to critical consumer reviews noting frustrating service and high prices, Piqueo's -- with its zesty contemporary Peruvian food and homey atmosphere -- is now winning over a loyal neighborhood following and attracting foodies from across town. More »
Lounging in South Beach
By Sarah Sung (Apr 04, 2007)
Baraka, Chez Papa, and Chez Maman welcomed a new sister restaurant in October 2006 when the exotic French-Asian restaurant-lounge Sutra opened in the space that was once La Suite (and Slanted Door before that). Sutra is a decidedly different endeavor for Jocelyn Bulow, and after a somewhat rocky start with chef switches and name changes, Sutra has emerged with seductive décor and a menu that offers a bit of something for everyone. More »
The Marina's New Flavor Profile
By Sarah Sung (Mar 12, 2007)
Flavor is often described in four ways: bitter, sour, salty, and sweet. But there's a fifth, more eclectic element that Japanese call "umami," and this is where the new restaurant in the old Yoshida-Ya space comes in. A clever endeavor, Umami incorporates tastes from Japan, Thailand, Korea, and Vietnam to create a "best of" list in a manner that strives to recreate classic dishes. More »
By Sarah Sung (Feb 06, 2007)
For rustic Provençal-inspired cuisine in a cozy Sonoma Square setting, the Girl and the Fig delivers. The matchstick frites that come with the mussels, grilled cheese, and hamburger can't be missed. Cheese lovers will likely be in nirvana here as there are tons of cheese selections, from the works with cheese, fruit, and sausage to the fromage tower with its six selections of cheese, nuts, fruit, charcuterie, and olives. The signature dish is the fig and arugula salad with pecans, chevre, and pancetta drizzled with fig and port vinaigrette. The patio is open for seating during the summer. More »
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