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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Manos Nouveau: A Handcrafted Experience

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Lower level bar - COURTESY OF MANOS NOUVEAU
  • Courtesy of Manos Nouveau
  • Lower level bar

Roughly translated as “new and inventive hands,” Manos Nouveau is a restaurant that lives up to its name. An upscale space with black-clothed tables, a candle-lit ambiance and an intimate feel, it isn’t a location for dinner on the go. Think of it as more of a gallery for the senses — a dining experience that betrays personal touch — from the handprints on the pottery (crafted by creative director-partner Caitlin James) to the pea puree beneath the salmon, to the paintings that line the staircase.

COURTESY OF MANOS NOUVEAU
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Upstairs dining room - COURTESY OF MANOS NOUVEAU
  • Courtesy of Manos Nouveau
  • Upstairs dining room

Opened in January 2015 and relocated from its previous space on 22nd St. and South Van Ness Ave. (current home of Californios), the artistic eatery and event space has fleshed out its offerings, orchestrating an ensemble of artists to be featured on a rotating basis and adding a carefully curated prix fixe to a menu of exotic entrees.

Artists opening - A.K. CARROLL
  • A.K. Carroll
  • Artists opening
Featured artists - A.K. CARROLL
  • A.K. Carroll
  • Featured artists

“The trolleys sold me,” James says as she shows me the view from a large upstairs window. On the other side I see them on the street, stopped at red lights, frozen in time. It is the late-summer celebration of Manos' new artistic season, and the space has been converted to accommodate for guests.

A.K. CARROLL
  • A.K. Carroll
A. K. CARROLL
  • A. K. Carroll

“Art wasn’t as feasible at the other space,” says James. “Here I can do group shows.”

A slew of featured and forthcoming artists are present that evening, including mixed media pieces, paintings and photography from Deborah KimseyAyesha SamdaniJeffrey Tover, and Sara Moynier. Manos features up to three artists at a time, rotating the work roughly every two months. Some artists create pieces exclusively for the space, a few of which have been added to the restaurant’s collection.

Ahi tartare on aioli sauce with latin peppers, red onion, sea salt, lime and avocado - A.K CARROLL
  • A.K Carroll
  • Ahi tartare on aioli sauce with latin peppers, red onion, sea salt, lime and avocado
Day Boat Scallops with fried yuca, portobellos, chayote, lime, cilantro - A.K. CARROLL
  • A.K. Carroll
  • Day Boat Scallops with fried yuca, portobellos, chayote, lime, cilantro

While James curates the visual aesthetic and atmosphere, chef-owner Manuel Montalban is the artist of culinary creations, with a dinner menu that leans towards Latin America, but evidences a heavy French flair. Montalban likes to bring in flavors from lesser-known portions of Central and South America—adding mango, chayote and latin peppers to a tropical gazpacho, infusing a white wine butter sauce with a spicy hint of the Yucatan, or adding chimole spices from Belize to the rice beneath his seared chilean salmon.

Pan seared chilean salmon chimole - A.K. CARROLL
  • A.K. Carroll
  • Pan seared chilean salmon chimole

The $50 three-course prix fixe (available Tuesday-Thursday) offers six apertivos, ranging from ahi tartare to Latin French onion soup, four platos de fondo, including fresh fish and prawns and Manos’ famed chicken cordon bleu, and four desserts from which to choose. Drink pairing isn’t provided, but can easily be suggested from a hand-selected list of over two dozen wines (most of which are available by the glass).

Sweet plantain lucuma mousse
  • Sweet plantain lucuma mousse

Though the entrees are plated with savvy and style, it is in his dessert that Montalban most showcases his artistic talents. A sweet lucuma mousse is wrapped in sheet of plantain, topped with strawberries and decorated with an fragile nest of cartelized sugar. It is the delicacy of the details, a hand-crafted experience from beginning to end.

Manos Nouveau: 3970 17th St, 415-872-5507.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

How much is the coconut in the window? Coco Frio Opens in the Mission

Posted By on Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 11:01 AM

The Coco Frio made with blanco and coconut rum, house coconut water and crema, fresh mint, and lime juice. - BREAD AND BUTTER PR
  • Bread and Butter PR
  • The Coco Frio made with blanco and coconut rum, house coconut water and crema, fresh mint, and lime juice.

2937 Mission Street may not look like much from the outside — save for the coconut drink in the window with the tiny umbrella and the bright-green straws. It may not look like much from the inside either, with its pale peach walls, humble concrete floor, and bare bones décor. But to judge Coco Frio, chef Manny De Torres Gimenez’s latest culinary endeavor, by its wall art (or lack thereof) would be a grave mistake. The Mission bar and restaurant (Torres Gimenez's fourth in the neighborhood) officially opened Tuesday, September 1, and after two weeks of serving family and friends, they are more than ready for the public.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

June is the Time to Dine about Town

Posted By on Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 1:30 PM


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  • Camila McHugh

The second Dine about Town of 2012 kicked off on Friday with a smattering of restaurants all around the city serving a two-course lunch for $17.95 or a three-course dinner for $34.95.

I got started at Marlowe where the rustic wooden chairs were full of eager lunchers, almost all of whom were gobbling down the Marlowe Burger. A juicy patty of lamb and beef, this burger is a favorite at this bistro tucked across from the Cal Train and the ballpark. Though the towering caramelized onion and cheddar cheese monstrosity was tempting, I opted for a hearty mushroom soup and a deviled egg sandwich (both also regular menu items available for a Dine About Town deal). I'll admit I cheated a little and ordered some crispy Brussels Sprout Chips on the side.


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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lauren Kiino's Popping Up Again

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 3:59 PM

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Lauren Kiino Spring Pop-Up

Where: Coffee Bar, 1890 Bryant (at Mariposa), 551-8100

When: Thu., April 14; seatings at 6 and 8 p.m.

Cost: $35 for three courses; optional $15 wine pairing

The rundown: "Why is Lauren Kiino cooking dinners at Coffee Bar?" SFoodie once asked. Answer: Kiino lives near Coffee Bar, and the monthly pop-ups give her a chance to stretch out, with dishes more intricate than the ones we love at beautifully rustic Il Cane Rosso. That's good enough for us.

Menu highlights: slow-roasted spring lamb with farro, fennel, and green olive salad; English pea risotto with Crescenza and sorrel; pistachio financier with poached rhubarb and crème anglaise

Reservations: e-mail info@canerossosf.com, indicating number of guests and first and second choice of seatings

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Roger Feely's Last Supper

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 2:52 PM

See ya, Roger. - DJRAJAH/FLICKR
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  • See ya, Roger.

Indian Feast: Dhaba Walla Pop-Up

Where: "Somewhere different and unique" according to the event listing; exact location to be revealed via Twitter or e-mail

When: Sat., April 2, 6-11(ish) p.m.

Cost: $37 at the door, $33 in advance

The rundown: Roger Feely's packing up the Volvo and getting out of town. For weeks, fans of Soul Cocina and Feely's other food ventures have been waiting for word from the daddy of especially vivid street food about whether he'd join his family in Chicago or stay on in S.F. Today, they have their answer ― Feely's circulating word of Saturday's "Last Supper," a farewell pop-up at a yet-to-be disclosed location. "The menu will be Indian," Feely writes, "mostly vegan with a chicken curry option for you knuckleheads that simply can't do without your meat."

Menu highlights: crispy fried green garbanzos with Soul masala and tamarind popcorn ($4); bhel puri ($5); pessaratu with plantain flower curry and gunpowder podi ($14); ube gulab jamun ($6)

Tickets via Eventbrite, or RSVP on Facebook

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

What to Do This Weekend, Mar. 18-20

Posted By on Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Off the Grid returns to Fort Mason Center. See Fri., Mar. 18. - JANICE V./YELP
  • Janice V./Yelp
  • Off the Grid returns to Fort Mason Center. See Fri., Mar. 18.

Craving more? Scroll through additional listings here.

Fri., Mar. 18:

Whole Beast Supper Club Rabbit Tasting

La Victoria Mexican Bakery and Café, 2937 24th St. (at Alabama), Seatings at 6:15 and 9 p.m.

Pop-up chef and Whole Beast impresario Kevin Bunnell turns bunnies into offal stew and sugo for pappardelle Complete description here.

Off the Grid Ft. Mason Center Returns

Ft. Mason Center, Marina Blvd (at Buchanan), 5-10 p.m.

New truck additions, tent vendors, and alcohol purveyors (Magnolia Pub and the Alembic), as well as most of your favorites from last year, make their return to this crowd favorite. Complete description here.

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Best Way to Ring In 2570? Zare at Fly Trap's Nowrouz Dinners

Posted By on Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 4:21 PM

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Persian New Year at Zaré at Fly Trap

Where: Zaré at Fly Trap, 606 Folsom (at Second St.), 243-0580

When: Sun.-Tues., Mar. 20-22, 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $85; $35 for optional wine pairing

The rundown: Between St. Patty's Day and Purim, we hope you didn't forget that Persian New Year is right around the corner. That's right, Nowrouz (aka Norooz or Nowruz) coincides with the arrival of spring, and Zaré at Fly Trap is unrolling its annual upscale dinners to help you celebrate the arrival of year 2570. Owner/chef Hoss Zaré has prepared an elaborate multicourse menu to help you usher in the new light of the vernal equinox. Of course if you prefer to celebrate with "banging house music," then you have options, but Zaré has the subdued musical stylings of Farzad to help you digest a veritable Persian feast. You know where we'll be.

Menu highlights: Ash anar (pomegranate soup with french lentils and duck meatballs); mirza ghasami (stuffed zucchini with elephant garlic, tomato, and quail egg); abgusht (lamb with potato, garbanzo, tomato, and a roasted garlic-preserved lime broth); baklava with Persian cream, salt, rose preserves, and pistachios

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Kombucha Cuisine

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Scallop crudo. - HOUSE KOMBUCHA
  • House Kombucha
  • Scallop crudo.

Kombucha Dinner

Where: House Kombucha, 498 Natoma (at Sixth St.)

When: Sat., Mar. 19, 7-10 p.m.

Cost: $48

The rundown: At the intersection of live cultures and cultural experience, the earnest apostles at House Kombucha are teaming up with the arty foodsters of Oakland's Canvas Underground for a dinner you never you knew you wanted. With eyebrow-raisers like kombucha bacon with green tea soba noodles; tomatillo and avocado soup with white tea/orange blossom kombucha; and scallop crudo with beet tartare and a kombucha-serrano chile mignonette, this event begs the question: Are you ready to trip the light kombucha?

RSVP at Eventbrite

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Monday, March 14, 2011

eVe Goes Back to the Garden

Posted By on Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Kenney Cottage Garden. - 350.ORG/FLICKR
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  • Kenney Cottage Garden.

Down and Dirty Dinner

Where: eVe, 1960 University (at Bonita), Berkeley, 510-868-0735

When: Sun., Mar. 20, 6 p.m.

Cost: $40 ($10 goes to Kenney Cottage Garden)

The rundown: Picture the farmer, gazing out on acres of ripe vegetables as a handful of moist, nutrient-rich dirt sifts through her fingers. Pretty image, no? We think that's what the creators of Berkeley's Dirt Dinner Series were picturing when they came up with the name ― anyway, that's a nicer image than a plateful of potting soil. This Sunday marks eVe's second Dirt Dinner, a six-part series that sources each meal from a different community garden. The dinners are simple, natural affairs, served communally to ensure you make new friends. This month's menu highlighting Kenney Cottage Garden includes garden salad; broccoli soup; braised pork shoulder; peas with leek and onions; glazed beets with pecans and orange; and citrus, honey, and ricotta pie. Gardeners from Kenney Cottage will be on hand to discuss their produce, their mission, and (we're guessing) their dirt. Ten dollars from your dinner goes directly back to the garden.

To reserve a spot, call 510-868-0735.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Feeling Lucky? Try For a Seat at Tartine Afterhours

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 4:12 PM

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After Hours at Tartine Bakery

Where: Tartine Bakery, 600 Guerrero (at 18th St.) 487-2600

When: Tues., Mar. 22, 8 p.m.

Cost: $35

The rundown: Think back to high school. If you're anything like SFoodie, the hippest people with the swankest soirees were always a bit out of reach. Wouldn't everything have been easier if your social life had been determined by lottery? At the upcoming Tartine Bakery Afterhours, Times-certified cool kid Samin Nosrat of Pop-Up General Store fame teams up with the Tartine posse for a chic dinner party you might actually get invited to. For this three-course family-style meal in the bakery's cozy confines, invitees will be picked randomly out of a hat. And if you're one of the chosen, it won't matter whether you're a nerdster or a fashionista (as long as you have $35 and an appetite). This is what democracy looks like.

For your chance to attend, send an e-mail to tartine.afterhours@gmail.com with your name, contact information, and number of people in your party. You'll hear back if you're chosen.

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