Californios

Dinner – Tuesday, September 7, 2021 My first (and only) visit to Californios was over four years ago, back when they were a modest operation in a small, dimly lit space. Revisiting those dinner notes now is instructive – it seems I saw promise, but evidently not enough to return anytime in the intervening period. […]

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Nightbird

Dinner – Wednesday, June 30, 2021 A month ago, word that Nightbird was finally reopening piqued my interest. I hadn’t visited since July 2017, when we attended a collaboration dinner between Kim Alter and Johnny Spero to preview his then-upcoming restaurant, Reverie (which, even though I never wrote about my 2019 meal there, is outstanding). […]

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Gozu

Dinner – Wednesday, May 27, 2021 This dinner was a long time coming – a group of us had a reservation here in January 2020, which was aborted after a fire shut the restaurant down on New Year’s Day. The expected reopening never happened, because the whole world shut down. We did partake of their […]

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Angler

Dinner – Sunday, May 9, 2021 We dropped by Angler a few times in 2020, when it took a turn as Saison Smokehouse (good, not great), and for some of their holiday take-home dinners (fun). However, Mother’s Day seemed like an appropriate time to return for a meal with the family, at a restaurant I […]

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Birdsong

Dinner – Thursday, November 12, 2020 We should have seen it coming, shouldn’t we? Halloween, the election crowds, the approaching cold season and pandemic fatigue all combined to push COVID-19 cases to new heights (I won’t use the word “wave” because let’s be frank, it’s all been one long wave – this country never successfully […]

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Aubergine

Dinner – Thursday, August 6, 2020 And so the state’s shelter-in-place order carries on interminably. In search of a way to take a break as responsibly as possible (and trying to support our friends), we skipped down the coast for a one-night stay at L’Auberge Carmel. Of course, the purpose was to dine at Aubergine, […]

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Single Thread

Dinner – Thursday, July 9, 2020 Our previous dinner at Single Thread was in the immediate aftermath of the devastasting Kincade Fire. Who could have known then that our next meal would occur in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic? Our family has been beyond fortunate so far, even as so many around the […]

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Burnt Ends

Lunch – Friday, February 21, 2020 Singapore is oh-so-far-away and we visit so infrequently that I’ve accumulated a lengthy list of restaurants and bars of interest in the city-state. Burnt Ends has been near the top of that list for some time – Dave Pynt has quite a pedigree (Tetsuya’s, noma, Etxebarri, St. John…), so […]

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Takiya

Dinner – Wednesday, February 19, 2020 As of this writing, Takiya is Tabelog’s #1 ranked tempura restaurant in Tokyo (and second overall to Niitome in Nagoya). My last meal there was less than three months ago, but I didn’t have time to post about it – consider this my attempt at rectifying the situation. The […]

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Birdsong

Dinner – Wednesday, January 22, 2020 After about a year and a half of operation, Birdsong remains my favourite restaurant in San Francisco proper. I’ve written here about two past meals, but I think this evening was my sixth visit since June 2018 (eh, who’s counting?). Tonight, I returned with a friend and we were […]

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