Where chefs eat - San Francisco

Bryan and Petrina, owners and chefs at Morsels – Roomorama blog

City guide: San Francisco

Bryan and Petrina are owners and chefs at Morsels, a restaurant in Singapore's Little India where they serve up unpretentious and unexpected fusion fare, inspired by their travels around the world. We ask them about their favourites in San Francisco, where they both trained as chefs – Bryan at the Culinary Institute of America, and Petrina at Le Cordon Bleu.

What are your favourite neighbourhoods in San Francisco, and where would recommend we eat at?


In the Mission District...

I would recommend Four Barrel Coffee, a cafe and roaster owned by Ritual Coffee Roasters co-founder Jeremy Tooker.

For Italian food, Delfina would be the best place in town. They have been a staple on the San Francisco restaurant scene for over a decade.

If you are looking for the best artisan breads, I would suggest Tartine bakery. Tartine stands out above all the bakeries, baking up superlative pastry, cakes, and breads, and constantly pushing the boundaries to make each bite better.

In the Marina District...

Around Chestnut Street, I would recommend The Tipsy Pig for their large and unique beer selection as well as an ever-changing seasonal gastro menu.

I also love the Pacific Catch, which features the freshest seafood for their daily lunch and dinner specials, served in a variety of styles from around the Pacific.

Tacolicious offers delicious Mexican food in a sophisticated and urban environment. Luca Deli serves the best authentic sandwiches and home-made stuff since 1929.

Four Barrel Coffee Tartine Bakery Tacolicious

Pictured above: Four Barrel Coffee (credit: Salvatore Delle Palme), Tartine Bakery (credit: Edward), Tacolicious (credit: Tacolicious)


I love the Marin headlands and Sausalito. There is Sushi Ran!

Sushi Ran

Pictured above: Sushi Ran (photo credit: Greg Smith)

Any other must-try restaurants in San Francisco for people who are visiting?

A must go would be State Bird, a contemporary American restaurant for their duck liver mousse with almond biscuit. Another place to go would be Spruce, a California-inspired American cuisine restuarant that serves excellent food while providing a great atmosphere and service.

R&G for their salt and pepper crab. It's is amazing! And if you can be bothered to queue, go to Koi Palace for dim sum in Daly City or Hong Kong Lounge in Richmond is also very good.

If you have the chance, check out the following places. You won't be disappointed:

Swans Oyster Depot - For fresh oysters and other seafood.

Nopa - serves urban rustic food and specializes in organic wood-fired cuisine.

Suppenkuche - a German restaurant known for its warm atmosphere, food and specialty beer selection.

Saison - means "season" in French. Saison prides themselves in quality ingredients and offers a different menu daily.

Coi - Similar to Saison, Coi offers a nightly menu that's based on the best ingredients in the area. P.s. reservations are made through a ticketing online system.

Kiss Seafood - A Japanese restaurant run by a husband and wife duo. Try their omakase if you're feeling adventurous.

Chez Maman - a french restaurant that prides themselves in "Mother's homecooked food".

Perbacco - an Italian restaurant owned by two Italians that have been sharing their passion for the food and wine of Italy with the people of San Fran for nearly three decades.

Quince - Quince is housed in a historically landmarked brick and timber building built in 1907. They feature Italian and French inspired tasting menus that celebrate the seasonal bounty of Northern California.

Cotogna - Cotogna is a celebration of rustic Italian cuisine and offers a daily-changing menu of spit-roasted or grilled meats and fish, wood-oven pizzas and house-made pastas.

Flour n Water - Pizza and Pasta! Lovely italian place that's decently priced.

State Bird Spruce

Pictured above: State Bird (credit: Grace Chen), Spruce (credit: Sc xoxo)

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