SOMA—Mathilde, the new restaurant replacing Le Charm Bistro in SoMa has now been officially open for a few weeks serving lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Tablehopper reports that "Le Charm owner Lina Yew partnered with one of her longtime staff members, Mathilde Gravel, to refashion the space and reopen it." The menu consists of classic French bistro dishes like beef carpaccio, duck leg confit, and grilled flat iron steak, and frankly doesn't differ too much from what diners came to expect at Le Charm.
Lunch hours are 11:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. from Tuesday-Friday; dinner is served from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Sunday. The website also says Mathilde will be open for brunch on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.
FILLMORE—After two decades of business, Dana Tommasino and Margie Conrad closed the Mission's Woodward's Garden in September of last year. Now, after softly opening in August, their new restaurant Gardenias is officially open for business. The menu is influenced by both Northern California and the Mediterranean with dishes sorted by "beginnings" (roast katoda figs), "small" (chicken liver crostini), and "entrees" (rotisserie lamb). There are a few wines (and one Fort Point beer) on tap, as well 30 bottles from which to choose. The charming back patio with umbrellas and blooms is sure to be a popular spot for diners. Hours are 6 p.m. to closing, Wednesday through Monday.
NOB HILL—Jean-Charles Boisset opened his new JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset Tasting Lounge in the Ritz-Carlton hotel a little over a week ago. Inside Scoop reports the tiny room adjacent to the hotel’s concierge desk "can fit only about 10 guests at a time" (the website says 14 "with an eight-person sit down table, four-person bar and two-banquets"). If you’re looking for cocktails or beer, you’ll want to go elsewhere as the only thing available are three different wine flights: the Bubble Collection ($50, four pours), the Chardonnay & Pinot Noir Collection ($75, five pours) and the Ultimate JCB ($100, five pours). Of course, once you factor in the free tarot card reading, the price of those flights may feel like a bargain. The Tasting Lounge is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
CASTRO—Hoodline reports that the troubled SliderBar has officially re-opened as Ovok Brunchery & Burgeria. The menu is now focused on brunch with choices like organic three egg omelettes, pancakes and french toast, salads, and a selection of full sized burgers. The ownership remains the same, but an employee told Hoodline there’s now "healthier, natural food, with more local ingredients." The interior got a small makeover (the taller benches are gone) and the exterior will receive a fresh coat of paint in the next week or so. No changes are planned for the SliderBar locations in Palo Alto and Berkeley. Ovak is open from 3 to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
SOMA—Marcella's Lasagneria expanded, adding a second location in the Rincon Center Food Court called Massimo's Lasageneria. The menu includes seven different handmade lasagnas (including four vegetarian options) that cost $9.95 for a piece of $12.95 if you want to add salad and a drink. Catering is also available. The hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Friday.