10 Bay Area restaurants added to Michelins California guide – SF Gate

The list is intended to bridge the gap between the 2019 guide and this year’s upcoming Bib Gourmand and star awards. The prestigious restaurant guide elected to skip awarding stars in 2020 due to the pandemic.

“By revealing some of the new additions made by our inspectors throughout the year, we enhance our digital tools to further strengthen the ties that bind us to food lovers,” international Michelin Guides director Gwendal Poullennec said in a statement. “As the restaurant industry continues to face unprecedented challenges and uncertainties, we hope that these regular revelations and updates to the selection throughout the year will provide opportunities to highlight the profession and invite everyone to discover and support the restaurants around them.”

The statement says more restaurants will be added to the California guide in the lead-up to the star announcements in late September. These are the first 10 new additions:


Rêve Bistro
Lafayette

This East Bay French bistro drew high marks from reviewers. “The staff are a smooth, efficient bunch and the bistro menu from chef-owner Paul Magu-Lecugy spans the classics,” Michelin’s guide notes.

Aurum
Los Altos

“Thanks to the collab between Chef Manish Tyagi and Owner Anupam Bhatia, the menu here is an homage to India’s forgotten recipes,” the Michelin Guide says. Reviewers liked “The Feast,” a three-course option. 

North Block
Napa

Michelin recommends the “thin slivers of kampachi garnished with preserved perilla” and “large corn and nori fritters” at this California cuisine restaurant.

Horn Barbecue features a small menu of premium cuts like beef ribs, pulled pork, turkey, and his famous 18-hour smoked brisket, that is all sold by the pound.

Horn Barbecue features a small menu of premium cuts like beef ribs, pulled pork, turkey, and his famous 18-hour smoked brisket, that is all sold by the pound.

Courtesy of Horn BBQ

Horn Barbecue
Oakland

The buzzy Oakland barbecue spot from Matt Horn unsurprisingly made the list. Michelin reviewers called the food “all unfussy yet irresistible.” Read more about Horn Barbecue here.

Ettan
Palo Alto

Expect “upscale Indian cooking” from this South Bay favorite. Reviewers were particularly fond of the kulchas, “deliciously stuffed with the likes of peak-season peas and ricotta.”

Marlena
San Francisco

Seasonal California cuisine is served up at this adorable spot at Precita and Folsom. “This pretty-as-a-picture location is perched on the ground floor of a slate-blue Victorian. Its interior design is intentionally spare, with all eyes on the carefully composed plates that emerge from the small but mighty talented kitchen,” the Michelin Guide notes.

Routier
San Francisco

The team behind B. Patisserie (which is right next door) opened this French-Californian eatery. Michelin reviewers praised the “crisp, buttery potato pavé topped with sweet Dungeness crab in an herby, lemony mayonnaise.”

3rd Cousin
San Francisco

The Michelin Guide refers to 3rd Cousin as a “Bernal Heights retreat” popular with neighborhood residents: “Locals now pack this intimate spot for hand-made pastas, like porcini- and black truffle-ravioli.”

Top Hatters Kitchen
San Leandro

Reviewers lauded the “well-crafted cocktails” and praised the “skillful contemporary combination of Vietnamese and Californian flavors.”

Khom Loi
Sebastopol

“Extensive travel throughout Thailand has informed and inspired this team to bring a taste of Chiang Mai to Sebastopol,” the guide writes. Reviewers particularly loved the house-made Thai sausage.