Restaurant Scene: May 2019

Longtime local Middle-Eastern grocer, deli, and grill Rose International Market reopened February 18 in its bright new quarters, 801 W. El Camino off Castro.

Treats on Castro, 282-Castro arm of San-José Persian bakery C’est Si Bon, closed in March after nine months in business.

301 Castro St. at Dana (former home of Books Inc.) will be remodeled to a mixed-use building.  City staff tell me a café tenant is already committed for the ground floor.

Flights (800 California at Castro), the new large restaurant and bar featuring comfort food served “tapas-style,” has expanded its menu by “celebrity chef” Kyle Kingrey.

Elegant wine-bar-and-small-plates lounge Le Plonc at 331 Castro is launching further locations in Sunnyvale (279 W. Washington Ave.) and in Melbourne, Australia.

I’m a fan of the unique, good-value biryanis at BiryaniZ, 246 Castro (biryanis are complexly spiced rice mixtures that come layered with your choice of meats, shrimps, etc.).  In May the restaurant plans to add a lunch buffet that will allow sampling different styles.

HeyO! at Ava’s Market, a 100% plant-based Modern-Americana restaurant, expects to open in May inside Ava’s Market (where Omelette House was), 340 Castro.   Recent Nextdoor thread:  

Note:  HeyO! at Ava’s plans to do some sampling / soft-opening during this weekend’s downtown-MV street fair.

About Max Hauser

Resident with acknowledged food obsession, active in Bay Area food and wine organizations 30 years. Dining in downtown MV regularly for 20 years and occasionally for 10 years before that.
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