3115 22nd St., Mission
Phone: (415) 638-6109
Latin fusion fare is the culinary focus at Manos Nouveau, which opened last week in the former Panchita's #3 space at 22nd and South Van Ness. Owned by Mission native Manuel Montalban, the name, which translates in Spanish to "new hands," is meant to signify the new talent in the kitchen, Yucatecan chefs Gualberto Nic Camara and Antonio Montalvo Couoh. Their menu is meant to emphasize Latin flavors from Mexico and Peru, with dashes of inspiration from Italian and French cuisine and a Californian focus on ingredients. Works from local artists decorate the modern space, and many of the plates were handmade by artisans in the Mission.
Dishes are divided into "bocadillos" and larger plates, and include starters like three kinds of ceviche, a mango-chayote-fennel salad, and prawns and yucca in an aji sauce. Bigger plates like roasted salmon over green chimole rice, duck breast in a squash sauce with balsamic reduction, and a grilled ribeye over seared brussels sprouts round out the menu offerings. The wine list emphasizes Spanish, Chilean, and Argentine vintages, as well as a handful of Latin and Californian beers by the bottle. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 5-11 pm, and Sunday, 5-10 pm.