Van Ness is, in many ways, the ideal city street: it cuts through a ton of 'hoods, has timed lights, and even boasts one of SF's premiere dining destin…wait, the Chevys closed?!? In that case, never, ever take Van Ness again, until tomorrow, when O3 Bistro & Lounge opens.
An Asian-influenced comfort foodery, 03's gracing Van Ness with schloads of dark wood, a dining room anchored by a painting of a stone Buddha head, and a lounge partitioned by cubbies full of vases, themselves full of whatever's in a Japanese rock garden (probably flowers or something).
The menu's curated by the ex-exec chef at Le Colonial, and includes affordable gems like a pan-seared Wagyu burger with caramelized onions/ kimchi mayo/ pickled cabbage on a brioche bun, and the grilled salmon/carrots/shiitake-topped and bacon-dusted Kimchi "dirty rice", also what Jerry insisted he be called during a pretty intense Clint Eastwood phase.
Their three-sided bar'll be (wo)manned by a Brixton alumna, and'll serve happy hour-priced apps and liver exercisers highlighted by the Wasabi Bleeding Mary, which pours vodka over a glass of molecularly gastronomized cubes of Bloody Mary mix that've been spiked with wasabi, a move presumably popular in a country somehow known for ingenuity, despite its lack of Chevys.
Published: January 12, 2012 at 4:00am EST
524 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
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