Chad RobertsonNick Balla of Bar Tartine.SFoodie is calling up food types around the city to ask them about their favorite discovery of the past year, whether it's new or ancient, an ingredient or a person. We'll be running their responses over the course of the next 10 days.
This year, Nick Ball ... More >>
Chad RobertsonNick Balla, now of Bar Tartine.
Nicolaus (Nick) Balla made his reputation in San Francisco cooking in Japanese restaurants. The CIA grad ran a restaurant in Michigan before moving out to San Francisco, where he worked in Ozumo before becoming the opening chef of O Izakaya Lounge an ... More >>
Lara HataBar Tartine's Dobos torte with apricots and candied hazelnuts.It's rare for the SF Weekly to re-review restaurants -- small paper, big dining scene. But it was impossible for me to stay away from Bar Tartine after the owners hired a new chef, Nick Balla, who was known for his Japanese fo ... More >>
The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco restaurant scene.
Inside Scoop talks to Nick Balla, the former Nombe chef who's taking over the kitchen at Bar Tartine when Chris Kronner leaves, and finds out that under his direction the classically Califo ... More >>
Flyer for last night's Peko Peko pop-up at Bar Tartine: Could Japanese be next for the Valencia Street bistro?No sooner does SFoodie invoke the name of Nick Balla then he appears in a Bar Tartine press release ― to wit, he's taking over from Chris Kronner as executive chef at Bar Tartine, a ... 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 >>
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 >>