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Four New Restaurants We’re Crazy For

We stop by Scotland Yard, the Dorian, Massawa, and Oro.

Market Shellfish Tower with peekytoe crab, shrimp, and Miyagi oysters at the Dorian


Scotland Yard
Though billed as Victorian-style, the fare at this dimly lit lounge could be described as global at best, random at worst. The series of small plates include miniature ceviche tacos and pan-seared dumplings of scallop and shrimp, while the spareribs come coated in a Coca-Cola sauce. Desserts are massive: There’s an ice cream sandwich sampler plate and a bread pudding big enough for two. 3232 Scott St. (near Chestnut St.), 415-872-6853

The Dorian
“Nothing succeeds like excess,” opined Oscar Wilde, and at this Wilde-inspired parlor, an average dinner feels like an extravagance: Steak and potatoes arrive in a pool of whiskey sauce, while Miyagi oysters and shrimp cocktail may be served with a bottle of Duval-Leroy brut, and the burger can be ordered with Dungeness crab and black truffle oil. Forget Wildean excess: This is Dionysian. 2001 Chestnut St. (at Fillmore St.), 415-814-2671

North Beach
When this popular East African joint closed its Haight Street doors in 2010, Yelpers crafted eulogies for its vegetable sambusas and spongy injera. Owner Asmerom Ghebrmicael recently resurrected the restaurant in North Beach, a neighborhood that wants for a little culinary diversity. The traditional Eritrean platters of vegetables or meat are hearty and are served alongside a generous helping of injera. American classics—hamburgers, spaghetti—are available too, but they’re not why you’re here. 532 Green St. (near Jasper Pl.), 415-621-4129

Jason Fox, lately of Commonwealth, has brought some swank to Mint Plaza. His second act is refined and focused, featuring an extensive wine and cocktail program and a bi-level dining area. While the à la carte offerings are delectable—salt cod croquettes in garlic aioli; potato gnocchi with chanterelles and corn—the $75 six-course tasting menu is a knockout. It’s also a much better deal, worth it for dessert alone: Think lemon custard with madeleines, or date ice cream with granola and toasted marshmallows. 8 Mint Plaza (near 5th St.), 415-974-1212

Originally published in the December issue of
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