There’s a new Japanese-inspired brunch you’ll want to try, and the Mission has a cozy ramen spot (with incredible taro soft-serve!). The holidays are in full swing with Dungeness crab specials, chiles rellenos en nogada, and special lunch service at Bix and Campton Place Restaurant.
Brunch Item Alert: Soft-Shell Crab Benedict! And Other Japanese-Inspired Dishes.
There’s a new weekend pop-up happening in Nabe in the Inner Sunset: meet Asahiru, a Japanese-inspired brunch from chef Hiro Makiyama (who has returned from training in Japan for three years) and Alex Tao. Their signature item is their brilliant soft-shell crab Benedict, with yuzu-infused hollandaise and a pop of bright green flavor from the shiso garnish, plus a side salad. I love how they griddled and pressed the English muffin, and the poached egg yolk and hollandaise will run into the country potatoes on the plate as well (so decadent). One crab is plenty ($18), or get two for $27, or three for $36 (but that would be incredibly rich). There’s also the option to get their panko-fried, thick-cut Canadian bacon as the base ($14 or $18 for two), or a side for $3 (do it).
Other options include a tamago soft-scramble (they use dashi in the eggs), and they cleverly subbed green bell pepper with shishito peppers in their Denver-style scramble, $15. There’s also a kimcheese version.
There are many side items, from pork or chicken katsu, croquettes, and we enjoyed the fried pumpkin special. Any of these would be a great addition to the vegetarian breakfast curry ($8), which looked so good — I’m coming back for that! You can also indulge in the lunchier side of brunch with the Wagyudon ($12), with wagyu beef and onions simmered in a mildly sweet au jus over rice. The name asahiru comes from asa, which means morning, and hiru, which means noon, so you can decide where you fit best on the spectrum.
Warm Up with New Ramen at Ramenwell, But Don't Miss the Taro Soft-Serve
3378 18th St., San Francisco
Cooler nights have arrived, which means a bowl of steamy ramen is especially welcome. There’s a new and friendly ramen spot in the Mission that took over the former Ken Ken Ramen space called Ramenwell. The place has a new and sleek look, with groovy lighting, a front bar, upbeat music, and the back has a counter flanking the kitchen (perfect for solo diners) and tables too. The chef-owner is Chicago transplant Harold Jurado (Yusho, Chizakaya), who offers a menu of creative and non-traditional ramen bowls, from 20-hour pork tonkotsu to tori paitan (creamy chicken) to a vegetarian mushroom shoyu, all for $15 and under.