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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Namu Grows a Mission Branch, Saison Uncorks Decantr, Tons of Sushi News

Posted By on Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 8:00 AM

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​The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the

San Francisco restaurant scene.


Tablehopper's Marcia G. gets the scoop of the day award by revealing that the Lee brothers behind Namu are opening Namu Gagi (499 Dolores, at 18th St.), a "modern izakaya" in the Mission. The pitch: yakitori (chicken skin, chicken oyster muscles), grilled dishes like fish roe and belly, sake and beer, and chef Dennis Lee's homemade gochujang and doenjang (sort of like Korean mother sauces). Target date: Fall 2011.

Just to keep you abreast of the blog buzz, Decantr (2128 Folsom), the wine-bar-like sister to Saison operating out of the Stable Cafe, just opened. The pitch: Smaller plates, wines chosen by Saison sommelier Mark Bright, à la carte ordering from chef Joshua Skenes' $100 prix-fixe menu.

There's something going on with Farina and its former chef, Paolo Laboa, but we're going to wait until a few more rounds of press releases come out until we can tell you with any confidence how it affects San Francisco.

Three slices of sushi news:

  • Tablehopper's read-through of liquor permits reveals a restaurant named Takara Sushi SF will be taking over Sushi Sumi (4243 18th St.) in the Castro.
  • Inside Scoop's Paolo L. learns that Maryua Sushi (1904 Fillmore) has closed after ― quite possibly ― 45 years. The restaurant will become a jewelry shop.
  • SFoodie completely forgot to mention Thrillist's recent post about the opening of Flying Ninja (461 Jefferson, 292-6255), a branch of a Hawaiian chain that apparently specializes in creative American rolls and variations on Spam musubi, a Hawaiian staple that Thrillist professes itself shocked by.

Another liquor-permit skimmer, Grub Street's Jay B., learns that Belinda's Bar will soon become The Royal Cuckoo (3202 Mission).

Lastly, Eater's Carolyn A. reports that Flour + Water has opened a private dining room offering eight-course tasting menus.

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