Can you make a culinary silk purse out of a sow's ear? (Or how I try to force in as many ear references as possible in a post.)
Only a few weeks ago, Nombe, the Japanese izakaya near the corner of 21st and Mission streets, underwent another chef change. The restaurant, which opened a few years ago ... More >>
Schofield's putting down the Parm and picking up the bonito.No sooner did we wrap our head around the news that chef Nick Balla would be moving on from Mission izakaya Nombe by the end of the year, this morning comes news that Balla's replacement is Darwin's Vincent Schofield. From the press ... More >>
Kasumi namazake, one of the featured sakes.Next Thursday, Gil Payne, Nombe Izakaya's co-owner and sake sommelier, is launching a new monthly series of sake-and-food pairing dinners. Payne is currently making his way through the certification program at the Japan Sake Brewers Association in Tokyo. ... More >>
Alan F./YelpThe restaurant has 86ed late-night weekend street sales.Co-owner Mari Takahashi blames cold weather for lack of interest in Nombe's street-food offerings. Since opening in mid-November, she and partners Gil Payne and Nick Balla have served various Japanese take-away items from a s ... More >>
Lara HataSkewered: Izakaya-style grilled meats at Nombe.An early nibble from the Weekly's Wednesday food review.
Big duh: Street food was huger than Jesus in San Francisco this year, which is why the November launch of Mission District izakaya joint Nombe (2491 Mission at 21st St.) made tot ... More >>
Jesse Friedman/BeerandNosh.comMight be worth putting up with this.Within weeks, Nombe, a joint venture of O Izakaya's Nick Balla (along with Mari Takahashi and Gil Payne of Sozai) promises to bring a blend of traditional and contemporary izakaya food -- Japanese tapas-like dishes that go well ... More >>