So if it’s not Chinese, how can it be dim sum? Or should I call it tapas instead? But State Bird Provisions (1529 Fillmore Street, San Francisco CA 94115 describes their experience as passed dishes, dim sum style. So we live in California, and it’s the Bay Area, we can get away with calling it just about anything, right?
I always used to think that omakase referred only to sushi meals, like the ones I’ve had at Sasabune or Sushi Zo, as that was my first introduction to the concept. While in the U.S., the term is traditionally used to reference the Edomae style of preparation, what we know as omakase, is just one of many variations. It wasn’t until I visited Kusakabe (584 Washington St., San Francisco, CA 94111) that I learned that there are many styles out there, and each has it’s own unique characteristics.
Being a Bay Area native and a food geek, it would only be natural that I’ve grown up with Alice Waters and have frequented her restaurant multiple times. However, that’s actually not the case. I only finally made it to Chez Panisse for the first time a couple of weeks ago.
It amazes me everytime I’m introduced to a restaurant that’s been around for a while, that I’ve never heard of. I thought I kept up to date with all of the Bay Area hotspots, but apparently not! Recently, I was meeting up with an old co-worker, who introduced me to The House (1230 Grant Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133), located in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood.
Back in the day, restaurants inside hotels were known to be overpriced and not particularly amazing. But times have certainly changed, and Kin Khao (55 Cyril Magnin, San Francisco, CA 94102) is a great example of that!