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This Michelin Guide-Recommended Dumpling Shop Is Now a Japanese Restaurant

Dumpling Alley’s ownership decided to turn try their hand at sushi and pork katsu as Serendipity

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Wontons in spicy chili oil at Dumpling Alley
Dumpling Alley, and its wontons, said fareweel in early April to make way for Serendipity.
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Paolo Bicchieri is a reporter at Eater SF writing about Bay Area restaurant and bar trends, coffee and cafes, and pop-ups.

A quietly powerful Richmond District dumpling destination just reopened as a Japanese restaurant under the same owners. The Michelin Guide-recommended Dumpling Alley closed in early April after three years of dishing up xiao long bao and shrimp donuts on Clement Street. Now, the San Francisco Standard reports that as of April 18, the business has returned as Serendipity, a lowkey spot for sushi and korokke. When Dumpling Alley opened in 2019, Hoodline wrote owner Stewart Chen came off of years working in Marina sushi restaurants, so the menu at Serendipity is, perhaps, not so surprising.

Tablehopper writes the new restaurant serves a wide range of items including miso hamachi collar and pork katsu. A four-seat sushi bar is the focal point of the anime-decorated restaurant, which boasts a 10-item nigiri list alongside maki, sashimi, and donburi. Serendipity at 2512 Clement Street is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 9:30 p.m., and until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays

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