Recent Openers August 21-27, 2013
Aliment: Taking its name from an ancient word for nourishment, this new restaurant serves upper-crust comfort food including hanger steak, fried chicken with charred escarole slaw, and fried Brussels sprouts with fish sauce. 786 Bush.
The Beer Hall: This mid-Market bar and bottle shop is certainly poised to get traffic from the nearby Twitter headquarters. 20 California beers tap, a few wines, and a cool-looking wall plastered in bottle caps. 1 Polk, 800-7416. thebeerhallsf.com.
The Cavalier: Now open in the Hotel Zetta, this 115-seat, upscale restaurant and lounge offers British-themed menu items including steak and oyster pie, Sunday roast chicken, and egg and soldiers. There's a main and a side bar with a program that includes "Colony Cocktails," such as The Victorian, with rye whiskey, Earl Grey tea, sweet vermouth, and Madeira. 360 Jessie, 321-6000. thecavaliersf.com.
Emperor Norton's Boozeland: The latest from the folks behind Benders is named for a local Gold Rush eccentric and has gilded columns, lots of beer, and pool tables. No food, but Benders' famous tater tots are hopefully in its future. 510 Larkin.
Mission Public: This new Mission gastropub is offering De La Paz coffee in the mornings; afternoons bring sandwiches made with Boar's Head ingredients and bread from Panorama. When its beer and wine license gets issued, look for four beers on tap and two draft California wines. 233 14th St., 525-4175.
Ramen Izakaya Goku: A new Izakaya-style restaurant serving up five kinds of ramen, all with MSG-free broth. There are three beers on tap, and the space features a bar with seating for eight. Small plates include octopus balls and kobe beef ribs. 3232 16th St.
Tenroku Sushi: Japantown's Kinokuniya Mall now has a new conveyer-belt sushi establishment, from the owner of Sushi Raw. 1825 Post, Ste 215, 673-1328.