A new new Japanese restaurant surprise opened in Bernal Heights past week, at the quieter end of Cortland, as it commences to dip down the hill. Shokudou is a new izakaya from Chef Stewart Chen, who also owns Umi sushi cafe in Potrero, a cozy community omakase counter that’s been putting out great sashimi and bento containers for the earlier 14 decades. Stewart life in Bernal Heights, just a number of minutes generate from his new cafe. Shokudou is an izakaya, that includes kushiyaki grilled skewers and loads of sake and beer.
“It’s Japanese pop foodstuff,” says Stewart. “It’s a drinking spot.” Stewart crafted the menu with two of his trusted cooks from Umi, Anson Mei and Paul Huang, who will at some point operate this location. The opening menu capabilities starters, a uncooked list, skewers, salads, sake, and beer. He suggests he’s significantly happy of the crispy hamachi collar, which he sweetens a bit with a miso marinade, and crisps up below the warmth of the broiler. The beef kushiyaki have also been an early strike, which just take thinly sliced steak, wrap it all over inexperienced onions, asparagus, or enoki, and then the bundles are skewered and grilled. Supplied the spouse and children-friendly neighborhood, “I in all probability require to do a young ones menu,” Stewart concedes, and the menu may possibly grow in the coming months.
The storefront at 1000 Cortland Avenue at Folsom was a previous hair salon, and has been vacant for a when. According to area blog site Bernalwood, Outer Orbit was at first attempting to move into this space, but the pinball bar was deterred by neighbors who raised problems about sound. Outer Orbit, of course, uncovered its individual home on Mission. And now, Shokudou is going in on Cortland. Stewart suggests that he initially hoped to open in tumble of 2020, but the pandemic delayed building by at the very least six months. “The house was empty,” he claims. “We crafted it from the floor up,” setting up a useful kitchen, putting in a counter, plumbing, electrical, the performs. They will not try a parklet, specified the bus quit and the steep hill. But the eating home is filled with freshly sanded reclaimed wood, just in time to enjoy the return of indoor dining.
Shokudou is now open Sunday to Thursday from 5 to 9:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday right up until 10 p.m. It is indoor dining and takeout to start off, with delivery possibilities to come.