Tonight brings the arrival of one of winter’s most anticipated openings: Portuguese restaurant Uma Casa, debuting in the former Incanto space in Noe Valley. It’s the brainchild of former Tacolicious chef Telmo Faria, who told Eater he’s been dreaming of this very personal concept for the last 15 years.
That means the menu has been long in the making, and will launch with traditional Portuguese fare. “SF doesn’t have a Portuguese restaurant, so I wanted to start that way purposefully to introduce it,” Faria explained. “I wanted people to become familiar with the food and staples before I go out and start doing some more of my own ideas and modern interpretations of stuff.” That means lots of seafood, stews, roasted meats, and addictive piri piri sauce.
Beverage director and operating partner Nora Furst (Lolinda, Belga) played around with low-ABV beverages, settling on riffs on drinks and creating her own. For example, the “Jack the Sailor” is a take on the Manhattan, but using sweet vermouth, smoke, ruby port, and bitters. You can see the full food and drink menus below.
Uma Casa opens tonight, and will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and staying open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Stay tuned for full interior photos of the 75-seat space tomorrow.