October 23, 2021

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Is Food In You

Cassava’s strike Japanese breakfast is coming to a more substantial spot in S.F.’s North Seaside

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Outer Richmond community sizzling location Cassava is expanding into a even larger place in the heart of San Francisco’s North Seaside early subsequent yr.

The new Cassava, at 401 Columbus Ave., will be equipped to seat about 100 in between the dining room, bar and sidewalk seating. The approach is to be open up all day, with a emphasis on brunch and a a few-class, $45 prix fixe for dinner. Meanwhile, the Cassava in the Outer Richmond will rework into a permanent pop-up incubator.

Co-owner Yuka Ioroi hopes to open in March to coincide with Cassava’s 10-12 months anniversary.

“It’s the Cassava we normally wished to have, more substantial and a lot more fun,” she stated.

A 4-course meal from Cassava consisting of spinach and stone fruit salad halibut roasted squab and a honey lavender panna cotta in 2017. The cafe is bringing its prix-fixe dinners, now 3 classes, to North Beach front.

Santiago Mejia/The Chronicle 2017

The restaurant’s Japanese breakfast — a unfold of rice, miso soup, a poached egg, roasted sea bass, pickles and additional — will continue to be a staple, alongside chef and co-operator Kris Toliao’s version of modern Californian delicacies. The seasonal prix fixe may go from burrata with strawberries and Japanese milk bread to duck confit with purple potato gnocchi to a flourless chocolate cake with peach compote.

But with much more place, Ioroi expects to extend the menu with more a la carte possibilities, like modest plates that pair with cocktails at the bar. For drinks, Cassava is employing two local bar stars, Nora Furst (Uma Casa, Buddy) and Christopher Longoria (Che Fico), to layout a reduced-alcoholic beverages cocktail menu making use of the restaurant’s beer and wine license. Ioroi will cope with the wine and sake.

As for the initial place, Ioroi explained she does not want the neighborhood to drop a dining solution but Cassava is only too brief on team to realistically work two restaurants. The pop-up incubator concept lets marketplace good friends to “restaurant-sit” — but with six years still left on the lease, it’s completely feasible Cassava will switch it into a second place down the line.

Yuka Ioroi and chef Kris Toliao, owners of Cassava, hope to reopen in North Beach in time for the San Francisco restaurant's 10th anniversary.

Yuka Ioroi and chef Kris Toliao, proprietors of Cassava, hope to reopen in North Seaside in time for the San Francisco restaurant’s 10th anniversary.

Santiago Mejia/The Chronicle 2017

Bringing the restaurant to this particular North Beach place, formerly Trattoria Pinocchio, feels particularly substantial in two approaches. It was the location of Ioroi and Toliao’s to start with San Francisco date 15 decades in the past, back when the pair lived in Los Angeles.

It’s also a cafe that produced headlines final summertime when its proprietor plastered bigoted loathe speech all in excess of its home windows. By distinction, Ioroi designs to plant a big rainbow flag on Columbus Avenue.

“We’re all set to wipe out the bad electricity with a sense of neighborhood,” she claimed. “The super ideal-winger is acquiring taken more than by individuals of shade who are all for social consciousness.”

Cassava. Opening spring 2022. 401 Columbus Ave., San Francisco. Fundraising at https://wefunder.com/cassavasf
www.cassavasf.com

Janelle Bitker is a San Francisco Chronicle workers writer. Email: [email protected]

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