Umami Marina District

This is trendy sushi at its best. With its swanky interior, beautiful oak bar and Japanese-to-English audiotapes playing over the speaker in the restroom, Umami’s dinner atmosphere is lively and bold. Order a creative cocktail like the Hello Kitty or Faded Crane to go with their delectable house rolls. But be sure to save room for dessert – the cookie dough rolls should not be missed.

  • +1 415 346 3431
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  • 2909 Webster Street
    San Francisco

August 1 Five Civic Centre

This vibrant restaurant is the brainchild of former techie Hetal Shah and is named after the date of India’s independence from British rule. Offering a modern interpretation of Indian cuisine with a Californian twist, expect dishes such as chicken and waffles – served with a good dose of chilli and jaggery butter – or the satisfying paneer rice plate. Wash it all down with a boozy cocktail over a lazy Saturday brunch.

  • +1 415 771 5900
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  • 524 Van Ness Avenue
    San Francisco

China Live Chinatown

With a retail section,  tea and pastry café, two restaurants, a bar and rooftop, China Live is a multi-faceted food emporium that caters to all types of diners. For a casual bite, head to the humming Market Restaurant, where open-plan kitchen stations serve up all sorts from dim sum to noodles. Between sightseeing, pop into Oolong Café, where grab ‘n’ go bites are served alongside a curated list of artisanal teas.

Fisher’s Cheese + Wine Larkspur

An hour north of downtown San Francisco, the trek to this Larkspur spot is worth the journey, if only to be surrounded by the broad range of cheeses – or the “good stuff”, as the employees say. Once there, nibble on the deliciously gooey artisan grilled cheese sandwich or the sinful mac and cheese made with Red Barn five-year cheddar and French raclette. Wash down with a glass from the carefully curated wine menu.

  • +1 415 779 2201
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  • 2201 Larkspur Landing Cir

Tartine Manufactory Mission District

Housed in a converted corner of the city’s famous Heath Ceramics factory in the Mission District, what started as a tiny bakery in 2002 has transformed into Tartine Manufactory, a gastronomic destination comprising a diner, bakery, bar, coffee shop and ice-cream stand. Now open for dinner, the restaurant is heaving with creative locals, sipping on preprandial cocktails before settling down to dishes such as bone broth with a hunk of sourdough bread or seared octopus with spicy nduja, lentils and crispy breadcrumbs.

Uma Casa Noe Valley

Lisbon meets San Francisco in the Bay Area’s first Portuguese restaurant. Here, chef Telmo Faria has executed his dream concept with an update of Portuguese classics with dishes of meats, vegetables and seafood that are compact with the flavours of herbs, light spices and grassy olive oil notes. Be sure to try the fragrant braised pork with a tomato wine sauce, clams, potatoes and cilantro that yields to the gentlest pressure of a fork.

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China Live

Fisher’s Cheese + Wine

Tartine Manufactory

Uma Casa

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