Cassava’s Popular Japanese Brunch Returns to New North Beach


Cassava, a foodie destination born in the Richmond District, moved to North Beach in October and the restaurant will now offer Japanese brunch service only for breakfast in the new location. Beginning November 20, the Columbus Avenue restaurant will offer brunch on Sundays with possible Thursdays to come. That’s good news for the restaurant’s fans: People flock to the restaurant for its seasonal homemade pickles, kimchi, simmered hijiki seaweed, shio-koji-marinated rotating local fish, and Sacramento koshihikari rice. (Natto is available for an additional $2.)

The restaurant team said Cassava staff noticed that 80% of customers came for the Japanese breakfast. So it made sense to set up a service with just one option. The meal is available from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Japanese breakfast costs $23, which is the only option on the menu. While a gluten-free soy sauce is in demand, there is no gluten-free substitution – the same goes for vegetarians and vegans, simply because fish is the breakfast star. In other news, the restaurant just raised the price of its affordable tasting menu to $52. The restaurant is known for its fair compensation structure and membership options, in addition to its delicious food and service.

Sausalito Chinese restaurant closes unexpectedly

The owners of Feng Nian, a 41-year-old restaurant in Marin County, posted a notice on the door saying that from November 16 the restaurant would be permanently closed. According to an Instagram post with the note, staff are looking forward to relaxing, spending time with family and enjoying “all that Marin has to offer.”

A new restaurant will open in the former location of Johnny Donuts

Now that the artisan donut savants of Johnny Donuts have moved to Pacific Heights, it looks like a restaurant called Peacock Pansy is going to open in the space at 392 Fulton Street. A large golden sign of a butterfly (somewhat confusing, given the name) sits in the windows, though details on what to expect are scarce.

Should making chai be difficult? These Bay Area companies say no.

Oakland spice company Diaspora Co. and San Francisco knife retailer Bernal Cutlery are teaming up to show people how easy it is to make flavorful chai. On November 19 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Asha Loupy and Dena Holper of Diaspora Co. will host a demo and pop-up at Bernal Cutlery’s 766 Valencia Street for anyone interested in learning more about tea and trying samples. of the company’s cellar.

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