The space that once briefly held Pudong springs to life again today as Gingerfruit, with a slightly tweaked interior design and a totally new menu shtick. Francis Tsai is still the owner, but manager Henry Lamb says he's taking a more active role at this new incarnation as compared to the previous one. The chef is 25-year-old Shawn Baraboo who's worked stints at Sudachi, Leopold's and most recently ran the kitchen for six months at Charanga in the Mission. He's knocked out this menu of pan-Asian tapas with a slight Mediterranean flair. Think lamb "loli chops," wok-tossed eggplant and the stuff of these early food images on Yelp. Prices fall between $4 and $25.
Gingerfruit pimps its full bar with a happy hour, serving up "Asian sangria," sake and other libations, Wednesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Plans are also in place to roll out a modern sort of dim sum service in July, which is really quite the coincidence. Will small fusiony plates and a young chef be the ticket to staying power at 2029 Market? Early thoughts are much appreciated here at HQ.
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