Bisou Team Opening a Castro Spanish Restaurant


Spanish cuisine is definitely the new hotness in SF right now, with Coqueta, Traci des Jardins’ soon-to-debut The Commissary, and the forthcoming 888 Brannan restaurant from the Absinthe Group all riding Iberian-style. The Castro is the next neighborhood to get in on the sabor, as the duo behind four-year-old BisouNick Ronan and Damien Chabaud-Arnault, are opening a Spanish restaurant right around the corner, with the appropriate name of Beso. (Bisou means “kiss” in French; Beso means the same in Spanish).

Ronan, who took a working holiday two years ago to stage in 23 different kitchens across Europe, was inspired to move into Spanish food by his travels and by a stellar meal at the Spanish-run spot Cambio de Tercio in London. Chabaud-Arnault grew up in the south of France and spent a lot of time in Spain, so it was a natural fit. The menu will lean heavily on reimagined “new Spanish” tapas like potato croquettes with Worcestershire bearnaise, duck-fat roasted new potatoes served bravas-style, smoked mackarel with pine nut-gazpacho sorbet, and a cheese cigar pastry with quince jelly “matches.” Larger plates will include a Spanish riff on Bisou’s tableside beef tartare, as well as two rotating seasonal paellas. Ronan’s longtime friend Anthony Lemortelle, who works at NYC Spanish spot Boqueria, will be consulting on the menu as well.

The 54-seat space is being designed by Tecta Associates, and as shown in the rendering above, features a lot of exposed brick and marble. Unlike Bisou, it won’t have full liquor, but will have a strong wine list emphasizing Spanish vintages. All the produce for both restaurants comes from the duo’s farm in Napa, which they’re looking to turn into a food-centric retreat called the Northern California Bistronomy Center, where visitors can spend a day picking produce and cooking in an indoor and outdoor kitchen. Both that project and Beso are currently set to open in mid-June.



Lers Ros, Expanding with Thai Flavor in the Mission

by Allie Pape, San Francisco Eater

Thai-food favorite and Eater 38 perennial Lers Ros has arrived in the Mission, with a third location at 16th and Guerrero opening today. Housed in the former Malai Thai, Lers Ros Mission is designed to be a happy medium between the casual Tenderloin original and the upscale Hayes Valley sequel, with lots of sleek black wood, orange accents, and chic wire-framed chairs from designers Tecta Associates. A glowing, gorgeous wine display in back definitely makes clear this is not just a neighborhood takeout joint.

Of course, the main attraction at Lers Ros is the food, and fans will find all the favorites (pork belly, duck larb, papaya salad) in full force. Owner-chef Tom Silargorn has also concocted some new dishes for the new location, like chuu-chee lobster with a red coconut chili sauce, green curry salmon, and a venison stir-fry with a hint of coconut milk. Despite the high pedigree and Mission address, nearly everything on the menu remains under $15, and a $9.75 lunch special allows diners to select two dishes from a list of 16 options, with rice and salad.

On the wine side, the list is a bit more approachable than that of the Hayes Valley edition, and was designed to be “young, fun, and unusual.” The wines are mostly under $40/bottle and primarily from Europe, with a few California options thrown in. This is also the first time a Lers Ros location has offered sparkling wine: they have French and Portuguese options. Hours are still subject to change, but to start, they’ll be Sunday-Thursday, 10:30 am-10 pm, and Friday-Saturday, 10:30 am-11 pm. As with the other locations, delivery is free with a minimum order of $15.