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  Outside Japan, it’s rare to find a restaurant like Ijji. Think minimalist. Serenity. Ritual. Understatement. Precision. On a busy block on a busy San Francisco street, Ijji is almost invisible. Even if you’re looking for it, you could still miss it. No sign, no grand entrance, only a discrete iii on the Japanese curtains that […]

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Start with a truck… Before he bought the food truck, Akash Kapoor was a mortgage banker and founder of one of the country’s largest debt-settlement firms. But he tired of foreclosures … and in 2009, he bought the truck. Three years later, Kapoor left the debt world behind and focused on feeding Indian street food […]

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Teo Restaurant & Bar Remember when “going out for Chinese” meant a Cantonese egg roll, wonton soup and egg fu yung? Then came the hot spice of Hunan and hotter, spicier Sichuan. Now, there’s another province heard from. Teo (pronounced tee-oh) brings Chaozhou to San Francisco. Chaozhou, a.k.a. Teo Chew, is southern cuisine featuring marinated […]

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Hiding in plain sight Though it’s in the heart of downtown, it’s easy to miss. It’s in an alley. The alley’s at the end of a lane. From the outside, the restaurant looks tiny. You may have walked by it a dozen times and never known it was there. Surprise! Not only is Le Colonial […]

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I learned a new word at Okane: ippin. It means small dishes or plates —  Japanese tapas. Ippin defines dining at Okane, an izakaya restaurant. BTW, izakaya refers to a neighborhood, casual dining and drinking place in Japan. This small izakaya has just 46 seats plus an extra four at the sushi bar. If you have a taste […]

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