Last-minute shoppers have a new dining option as of today in the form of Volta, the French-Scandinavian restaurant from the Perbacco team. Owner Umberto Gibin and executive chef Staffan Terje tapped Terje’s roots for this one. Rather than open yet another Italian restaurant, Terje said he wanted to fill a hole in the San Francisco dining scene, which he identified as the Scandinavian food of his youth, with heavy French influences. Exemplary dishes of that style include a pickled herring plate, beef bourguignon and Swedish meatballs — you can see the full menu below. Perbacco dessert star Laura Cronin is also doing Volta's desserts, and drinks from bar manager Zachary Gray include some Terje-made aquavit.
The space, designed by Cass Calder Architects (A16, Foreign Cinema), is striking, with tall, entirely glass walls and metal, architectural chandeliers lighting the restaurant — stay tuned for more photos of the space next week. Volta softly opens tonight for dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and will be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily starting tomorrow, with a grand opening on January 6.