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The Dish: Kasa, Halu, JoLe, Xocolate

Boccalone isn't the day's only newcomer with an exotic one-word name. Here then, another edition of The Dish, your source for all the latest and greatest openings around town. Spot something new in your neighborhood? Let us know.

2008_06_kasadish.jpg1) The Castro: It's finally debut day for Kasa Indian Eatery, the family-owned "Indian taqueria" on the corner of Noe and 18th. We've already chronicled the rise of Kasa so we'll refer you to the Archives for the background reading on the place, but the short story is that Kasa is hoping to do simple street food—kati rolls—very well. The menu resembles a taqueria in the sense that you pick your meat (or veggie option) for your freshly-made roti/"tortilla." It's open daily for lunch and dinner. 4001 18th Street, at Noe; 415-621-6940; website [EaterWire]

2) Inner Richmond: Lady Hopstress shines some light on Halu, a new 25-seater just opened in the old Mamasan space on 8th Avenue: "Halu will feature ramen handmade by [the owner's wife] Mimi (five different types will be served), and will highlight an array of yakitori. The menu sounds delicious: upwards of 20 kinds of yakitori ($3.50–$5.50 for two skewers) will be available, including chicken wings, hearts, liver, thigh, and gizzard, plus bacon combos like enoki bacon or scallop bacon..." 312 8th Avenue, at Clement, (415) 221-9165 [Tablehopper]

3) Calistoga: Up in Wine Country, there a(nother) new a "Farm to Table" restaurant in town, as an East Coast husband-and-wife team has openedJoLe. From the NVR : "JoLe's interior is warm and inviting with chocolate brown banquettes and a palette of calming earthy colors. The restaurant seats 60 and has a private banquet room that seats 20. The wood-burning oven that was popular when Catahoula occupied the space has been restored, and again is the glowing center of attention surrounded by slate tile. A new wine bar with comfortable stools welcomes guests to relax and enjoy a glass of wine or beer. 1457 Lincoln Avenue, in the Mount View Hotel, Calistoga; (707) 942-5938; website [Napa Valley Register]

4) Berkeley: We still don't like the name much, but Xocolate Bar has already opened to some early approval. It's another gourmet (artisan, whatever) chocolate shop, but there is word of a gelato stand there, which could be intriguing. 1709 Solano Avenue, at Tulare, Berkeley; (510) 525-9626; website [EaterWire]


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