Chef Nora Haron, who earned praise for her Singaporean-Indonesian-Californian cuisine at Oakland’s Drip Line Cafe, has a new home in San Francisco: Local Kitchen, the 10-year-old SoMa restaurant from owner Jeff Handy. There (at 330 1st Street) Haron will reprise dishes that fans of her cooking have missed since she left Drip Line last summer: Items like chicken satay skewers, lamb meatballs, Singaporean chicken rice, and za’aar roti.
Before Haron’s work at Drip Line, she was the head kitchen manager and culinary operations manager for Blue Bottle, gaining followers for her sourdough pastries. At here new Local Kitchen post, Haron will get baking again, too — including on Local Kitchen’s wood-fired oven. There, she’s making sourdough pizzas, with toppings ranging from Italian to Indonesian, like beef rendang (braised brisket, mozzarella, roasted pineapple, micro basil). Down the line, customers can expect more baked goods like kaya toast and pandan cake.
Haron’s new lunch and dinner menu is below. And, as diners might expect from Local Kitchen, whose adjacent sibling business is Local Wine Merchant, there’s plenty of domestic and Old World wine to pair with dinner. For a stiffer drink, the bar prescribes cocktails like a What You Need (Rum haven coconut rum, pineapple juice, and lime) or — for something truly drastic — a Brexit (Ballantine’s blended scotch, laphroaig, sweet vermouth, yellow chartreuse).