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New place opened yesterday in a former beauty school, on Mission near 7th, across the street from the Court of Appeals. Great wine list with bottles from $19 to >$200 and including a full page of Loire whites. Open for lunch11-3 weekdays and dinner 5-11 daily. Currently beer and wine only, full liquor license is coming soon, as is brunch.

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1085 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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    1. I had a nice beetroot & quince salad with farmer's cheese ($9), a great autumn vegetable salad that was presumably inspired by Manresa's "Into the garden" ($9), and an amazing toasted barley with Dungeness crab, mushrooms, and spruce ($13) that was like nothing I've ever had, tasted like it might have had squid ink in it.

      1. I worked in this space from 2000-2002 (Eyematic Interfaces, Inc)
        It's a really beautiful space.

        The beauty school (Miss Marty's) was next door at 1087. Don't know where you got your info, but you so often correct.... Possibly they moved there after our business left?

        At any rate, I plan to go, and I plan to request a table where my old desk used to be.

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        1. re: pauliface

          You're right, the beauty school was next door.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            nearly next door is de La Paz coffee roasters, open Fridays from 8 am to one-ish - pouring delectable brewed coffee while they finish their build-out.
            http://www.delapazcoffee.com/
            1081 Mission Street, San Francisco 94103
            The San Sebastian is complex with a l-o-n-g finish that delights. I am truly astounded when the finish lingers so pleasantly like soft velvet in my mouth 45 minutes later.

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            De La Paz Coffee Roasters
            1081 Mission St, SF, CA 94103

        2. had dinner there tonight and was quite impressed. had the charred avocado and squid (8), Lamb tongue (13) Toasted Barley & Dungeness Crab13) swiss chard cannelloni (24) the thyme blancmange (8) cheese plate (8). There was not a single dish we didn't like and the smaller plate really stood out for their flavours. The chef has real skill with vegetables and grains and the vegetarian entree was as good as any of the meat based dishes. The service was quite good too for only being open less than a week and the decor was pleasant and follows the modern trends of being oldtimey and filled with wood without being too twee and pretenious.
          I liked that the dessert was light but still satisfying and the cheese was not as good as at Quince but came with honeycomb and peppered jellies.

          We already have plans to go back in two weeks to try more of the menu.

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          AQ
          1085 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

          1. I agree with everyone above - I had a great meal here tonight.

            The favorite was the barley and crab dish that was unique and delicious. The toasted avocado was also fantastic, but nothing was less than great. The wine list, as mentioned, is well selected and well priced. I'll be back soon.

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            1. re: tomotsu

              I keep thinking about that barley and crab dish. Have to get that again.

              The other night I tried the lamb belly with lentils, I was dubious about the smoked dates but it was really good and not sweet. Same sort of deal with the hanger steak, I was dubious about the licorice but it was subtle and worked well. Came with a sort of savory brioche bread pudding on the side.

              1. re: tomotsu

                those were my two favorites too. I do think it's a good place for people who like strong flavours and creative dishes. I overheard a neighboring table complaining the barley was "too strong" and the food was "too crazy". It's certainly not the dumb downed "comfort food" that is so popular right now.