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Recent Openers Feb. 19-25, 2015 


AL's Place: Acclaimed chef Aaron London, last seen at Napa's Michelin-starred Ubuntu, has opened a mostly pescetarian restaurant at 26th and Valencia. The menu focuses on vegetables and fish dishes; meat, like bavette steak and seared foie gras, is offered as a "side." 1499 Valencia, 416-6136

Hawker Fare: Michelin-starred Oakland chef James Syhabout brings his popular, casual Thai and Laotian restaurant Hawker Fare to the Mission. The former Amber Dhara space has a super-colorful makeover and a new upstairs bar, The Holy Mountain, which will have a rotating menu of cocktails (starting with a Mardi Gras-inspired theme). 680 Valencia, 800-9000,

Haven: Daniel Patterson's Oakland restaurant gets another revamp, now becoming a family-style, prix-fixe menu for $60 on weekends and $45 on weeknights, showcasing the talents of executive chef Charlie Parker. 44 Webster, Oakland, (510) 663-4440,

Liholiho Yacht Club: The Hawaiian pop-up from Ravi Kapur finds a permanent home in the Tenderloin in this collaboration with the Nopa team. Expect plenty of island flavors in dishes like tuna poke, twice-cooked pork shanks with pineapple and fennel, and lamb ribs with dates and radishes. Obviously there are tiki drinks. 871 Sutter, 440-5446,

Mourad: Mourad Lahlo of Aziza fame has opened a soaring, eponymous restaurant in SOMA. Like the Michelin-starred Aziza, Moroccan-California food is on the menu, but this spot focuses more on large-format dishes like lamb shoulder, short ribs, and roasted chicken. 140 New Montgomery, 660-2500

Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar & Izakaya: Yes, you read that right. Vegan sushi comes to the upper Mission at this new spot from the Tataki team. Early word from diners is that you don't miss the fish. 370 14th St., 678-5767


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