Restaurant Scene: November 2017

Korean tabletop-grill restaurant Ginseng aka The Grill Story (475 Castro) became K-Pot Grill (similar format)  .

Peet’s Coffee inaugurated its new downtown 420-Castro location in August.

216 Castro’s Quality Bourbons & Barbecue opened as promised in September, with award-winning barbecue chef and many Bourbon whiskeys.

Drunken Lobster departed 212 Castro after two years, although its pizza slices and other non-seafood items remain available from the new business there, Maison Alyzee, until remodeling starts.  Owner Laurent Pellet told me he plans to open a new French bakery on the site in January. 

After four years in business, Indian eatery Park Balluchi, 288 Castro, “re-branded” itself Mantra India, and promises menu updates early in the new year.

Yami Grill (, in the site of the former Yam Leaf Bistro, 699 Calderon at Church, opened in October.

Biryani specialist Biryaniz, part of a small northern-California restaurant group, replaced Shalimar Sizzle at 246 Castro in October (I had a good inexpensive biryani meal there: ).

At 124 Castro, East Street Tacos/Tapas closed.  Chop & Pub, “focused on booze and small plates,” has soft-opened:–pub-to-open-in-mountain-view

Posh Bagel, 444 Castro, will close soon for a major remodeling lasting months.

Venerable Japanese restaurant Yakko (975 W Dana) changes hands in November, the old owners expressing confidence that the quality will continue.

Instant-ice-cream chain deli Icicles, originally announced for 282 Castro, is under construction at 292 Castro replacing a tentatively planned Pushcart Creamery there.  (Neighbor Katarina Ling reported a Coming Soon display for C’est Si Bon appearing a few days ago at the 282 address.)  More about Icicles, from Elena K at the Voice/Weekly:

[Edited To Add:]  C’est Si Bon info: 

Popular Middle-Eastern grocer, delicatessen, grill, and caterer Rose International Market (a local institution until displaced to Cupertino by the Greystar apartments project at its ECR/Castro corner) advertised plans to return in December.

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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