A refreshing new Japanese restaurant surprise opened in Bernal Heights final week, at the quieter conclude of Cortland, as it commences to dip down the hill. Shokudou is a new izakaya from Chef Stewart Chen, who also owns Umi sushi cafe in Potrero, a cozy neighborhood omakase counter which is been putting out fantastic sashimi and bento bins for the previous 14 years. Stewart lives in Bernal Heights, just a couple minutes drive from his new cafe. Shokudou is an izakaya, featuring kushiyaki grilled skewers and a great deal of sake and beer.
“It’s Japanese pop meals,” says Stewart. “It’s a drinking place.” Stewart crafted the menu with two of his reliable cooks from Umi, Anson Mei and Paul Huang, who will inevitably operate this area. The opening menu capabilities starters, a uncooked checklist, skewers, salads, sake, and beer. He says he’s especially happy of the crispy hamachi collar, which he sweetens a little with a miso marinade, and crisps up under the warmth of the broiler. The beef kushiyaki have also been an early hit, which just take thinly sliced steak, wrap it all-around green onions, asparagus, or enoki, and then the bundles are skewered and grilled. Supplied the household-helpful community, “I probably will need to do a youngsters menu,” Stewart concedes, and the menu may possibly increase in the coming weeks.
The storefront at 1000 Cortland Avenue at Folsom was a former hair salon, and has been empty for a even though. In accordance to local website Bernalwood, Outer Orbit was initially seeking to transfer into this area, but the pinball bar was deterred by neighbors who raised considerations about sounds. Outer Orbit, of system, found its very own dwelling on Mission. And now, Shokudou is shifting in on Cortland. Stewart says that he initially hoped to open in fall of 2020, but the pandemic delayed building by at least six months. “The place was vacant,” he suggests. “We developed it from the floor up,” setting up a functional kitchen, placing in a counter, plumbing, electrical, the performs. They will not endeavor a parklet, presented the bus stop and the steep hill. But the eating room is stuffed with freshly sanded reclaimed wooden, just in time to delight in the return of indoor eating.
Shokudou is now open Sunday to Thursday from 5 to 9:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday right up until 10 p.m. It’s indoor dining and takeout to commence, with shipping selections to come.