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If you love wine, then Hotel Biron is a place you should visit. The cozy, sophisticated interior houses a selection of wines that would please the pickiest of palates, and the friendly, humble staff can help budding wine connoisseurs find the perfect glass. An exquisite selection of international cheeses enhance the flavor experience, while the paintings on the walls by the artist of the month help those on a first date break the ice.
As the name suggests, the 20th Century Cafe is inspired by vintage themes and old movies. The desserts and interiors made here reflect the founder Michelle Polzine's travels to Vienna, Budapest and Prague; which she considers as her inspiration. The sacher torte, honey cake and babka are popular European-inspired desserts that are served here.
In the same Art Deco building that houses the Twitter headquarters, this Californian staple is spread over an area of 500 square feet (152.4 square meters). The Blue Bottle Coffee house serves steaming cups of their drip coffees and potent espressos to yuppies in and around the bustling Market Square area. Along with a host of coffees, there is also a lovely breakfast menu of pastries and other quick-grab bites. Enjoy one of their special brews in the amply-spaced courtyard and kick-start your day.
Located in the heart of the city, Nojo takes inspiration from Japan's Izakaya establishments and offers a lively space to savor Japanese specialties and spirits. Yakitori, or skewered cuts of chicken in a tempting array of sauces, are a specialty here. Apart from this, the skewer selection includes other delights like bacon wrapped scallions and pork jowl. A choice of Japanese favorites like Umeboshi Somen, tempura and teppanyaki complete the menu. There's also a selection of izakaya style small plates and snacks on offer for lunch. The spirit list includes a diverse array of beers, sake and wines. The warmly-lit interiors feature wood accents with an Asian-inspired decor. Check website for more.
The food at Azalina's is steeped in deep culinary roots of Malaysian cuisine and spices. Helmed by owner Azalina Eusope, this revolutionary restaurant was her dream after years of being a food vendor who made delicious home-cooked meals before word got out about her delicious food. Offering creative Malaysian fare, Azalina's is located in South Market. Sample interesting options such as tea leaf salads and then go on to try the more fulfilling sambal beef lunch infused with Asian spices. If this catches your attention, maybe you should know that Azalina has catered for President Obama in the past.
Helmed by NYC's culinary scene stalwarts Aris Tuazon and Jim Harvey Sy, Manila Bowl introduces authentic Filipino cuisine to San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood. The menu predominantly features Filipino-style rice bowls with flavors and ingredients that represent the diverse food culture of the Southeast Asian island nation. The signature dishes on the menu include chicken adobo bowl, beef pares bowl, bangus sisig bowl and vegetarian laing bowl. You can also customize your own bowl by choosing from a wide selection of rice base, protein and toppings.