Recent Openers

A weekly listing of new dining spots around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats.

1601 Bar & Kitchen: After many delays, San Francisco's first Sri Lankan restaurant is now open in SOMA. Expect a cuisine with elements of Thai and Indian cooking – a must-order is an egg hopper, a soft-cooked egg in a rice paper crepe served with assorted chutneys. 1601 Howard, 552-1601. 1601sf.com.

Coqueta: Michael Chiarello, of Food Network and Napa fame, has opened a Spanish-themed restaurant on the Embarcadero with sweeping Bay views. Tapas make up most of the menu, and there's an interesting cocktail list as well (including sangria on tap!). Pier 5, 704-8866. coquetasf.com.

Flour + Co.: This cheerful new Russian Hill cafe peddles sweets like bread pudding and lemon bars, along with breakfast (muesli, biscuits, and gravy) and lunch (chicken pot pie, sandwiches, and salads). 1030 Hyde, 992-7620. flourandco.com.

Noir: Hayes Valley has a new Hollywood-themed wine bar offering snacks by interim chef Joanna Karlinsky that include biscuits and chili, mac and cheese, and tater tots. Plus, it's showing Giants games on its plus-sized screen. 581 Hayes, 431-6647. noir-sf.com.

Seaglass Restaurant/The Seismic Joint: The brand new Exploratorium encompasses two restaurants, both accessible from the Embarcadero. Seaglass is the more upscale, with a pretty, glass-tiled bar and a seafood-heavy menu that also has tacos, rotisserie, and comfort food. The Seismic Joint is a casual café for a pick-me-up between exhibits. Pier 15, 528-4893.

Wild Hare: Alice in Wonderland is the theme at this new Pacific Heights bar/gastroclub from the folks behind Bullitt, Tonic, and Mayhem. The new menu's claim to fame? A burger with grilled cheese sandwiches instead of buns. 2801 California, 539-3200.

 
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