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Head to San Francisco’s Newest ‘Secret’ Bar for Fruity Pebbles Cocktails and Kimchi Paella

Plus Santa Clara Chinese restaurant offers afternoon tea and dim sum, and more food news

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Best Kept Secret on Taraval Street.
Best Kept Secret
Paolo Bicchieri is a reporter at Eater SF writing about Bay Area restaurant and bar trends, coffee and cafes, and pop-ups.

A new cocktail bar just opened and, importantly, there is kimchi paella. Edward Dang, the same owner behind Prime Steakhouse, opened Best Kept Secret at 1055 Taraval Street in the restaurant’s now-vacant space. Drinks will be the main focus, offering six craft cocktails on the debut menu; the Breakfast of Champions is comprised of Tito’s, clarified Fruity Pebbles milk, lemon, and chrysanthemum tea. Modular couches, meant to accommodate groups of varying sizes, are the main seating options, with QR codes for serverless ordering. Dang tells Eater SF that a recent trip to Miami inspired the bar and restaurant’s feel and approach. “Where else, Downtown or Marina or the Mission, can you have a meal on a couch with cocktails and food?” Dang says.

But back to the paella. The dish, which features Bomba rice, saffron, kimchi, chicken, gulf shrimp, fried egg, and bone-in Galbi short rib, is available for an extra $16 and takes about an hour to prepare. The restaurant side of things will serve other food items including a Wagyu burger, bruschetta, and tagliatelle. Best Kept Secret is already open, in its soft launch phase, Wednesday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight.

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The Breakfast of Champions combines Tito’s and Fruity Pebbles milk.
Best Kept Secret

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Silicon Valley Chinese restaurant adds afternoon tea and dim sum

iChina, the two-story Santa Clara restaurant, just began offering afternoon tea. The service is offered in the restaurant’s JiuBa cocktail lounge with dim sum for about $16 or with a pastry collection for $50. Only 25 afternoon tea seats are available each day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations can be made in advance.


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