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Dining, Eat The Willows Had Us At "Pork Belly Doughnuts"

The Willows Had Us At "Pork Belly Doughnuts"

Replacing western SoMa's decidedly forgettable Mercury Lounge comes the Willows, a new spot from the team behind the Sycamore that's sure to brighten up your after-work monotony with video games and bar snacks with wonderfully low nutritional content. As perhaps…
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Dining, SFoodie HayaHon Begins Izakaya Popup at Former Mercury Lounge, Now Called SPACE 1582

HayaHon Begins Izakaya Popup at Former Mercury Lounge, Now Called SPACE 1582

Mark Hayashida has covered a lot of culinary territory since graduating from college: cooking Classic French-inspired cuisine at the LA Ritz-Carlton, working on the sushi bar at the San Jose branch of Blowfish, cooking at Google, helping open Skool in…
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Dining, SFoodie Mercury Lounge to Close at the End of the Month

Mercury Lounge to Close at the End of the Month

SFoodie received a sad email yesterday afternoon from Dominic Ainza, chef of Mercury Lounge. The SoMa restaurant and lounge is going to close, he wrote, at the end of the month. "It was definitely the economy," he explained, and also…
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Dining, SFoodie KapaMEALya Dining Group Celebrates the Past and Future of Filipino Food

KapaMEALya Dining Group Celebrates the Past and Future of Filipino Food

A cold, clear sinigang made with tomato water, heirloom tomatoes, and radishes. Grilled shortrib with crispy onions and green garlic. Adobo chicken "lollipops." These are some of the nuevo Filipino dishes that a new dining group named KapaMEALya gathered to…
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Dining, SFoodie Feasting on Filipino Fusion at Mercury Lounge

Feasting on Filipino Fusion at Mercury Lounge

Last night, Mercury Lounge chef Dominic Ainza showcased Filipino food like SFoodie's never seen before. Think kare-kare dumplings, pinakbet pizza, and tocino truffles ― purists may have been crying blasphemy, but we thought Ainza's menu represented Filipino creativity at its…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Eats

Fresh Eats

Namu's Braised Oxtail and Daikon By Jonathan Kauffman Oxtail braised with daikon and garlic sounds like a loud, blunt dish, a blaring assembly of strong flavors. But at Namu, Dennis Lee's take on a traditional Korean dish, kkori jjim, incorporates…
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Dining, SFoodie Weekly 'Street Food 2 U' Lunch Delivery Debuts Today

Weekly 'Street Food 2 U' Lunch Delivery Debuts Today

Starting today and continuing every Thursday, Street Food 2 U will set up shop at Mercury Lounge, offering a lineup of street food vendors with a lunch menu for sit-down service or to-go orders. Highlights of today's menu include green…
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Dining, SFoodie Dishcrawl Hosts Filipino Food Party at Mercury Lounge

Dishcrawl Hosts Filipino Food Party at Mercury Lounge

Ten-Course Filipino Dishcrawl at Mercury Lounge Where: Mercury Lounge, 1582 Folsom (at 12th St.) When: Sun., Jan. 30, 5 p.m. Cost: $45 for ten courses (possibly more), wine pairing, and cooking demo The rundown: Taste the energy swirling around the…
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Dining, SFoodie Learn to Cook Filipino Party Foods at Mercury Lounge

Learn to Cook Filipino Party Foods at Mercury Lounge

Never been to a Filipino party? The best ones are sprawling things: karaoke in the basement with the kids, all the ladies upstairs are your auntie, cousin A.J. in the backyard grilling oysters while yelling at the dog, and in…
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Dining, Eat Mercury Lounge presents tasty pan-Asian fare before bringing the noise

Mercury Lounge presents tasty pan-Asian fare before bringing the noise

M.F.K. Fisher once said never to eat dinner in a room with a dance band. Since din with dinner is not our preference, we've tended to avoid places that tout music and live DJs. But a tip from a friend…
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