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Friday, January 23, 2009

San Francisco

Opened in summer 2007 in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood, South is a food and wine bar that’s all about delectable “down under” food — one of the first restaurants that I’ve ever heard of to do this. Founded by chef Luke Mangan, wine maven Liz O’Connell and restaurateur Anna Weinberg, you’ll find diverse dishes to pique your curiosity and expand your palate. (With dishes like Tandoori Quail with Cucumber Yogurt and Herb Salad and Braised Victorian Lamb with Celeriac, Pomegrante, Baby Chard and Olive Tapenade - how could it not?)

Earlier this month, I made the trip to South, which is across from the Caltrain station - making it easy to access for those who are staying outside or don’t live in the city. In the evening, the twinkling lights from the station stream through the front windows of the restaurant make it seem a little bit more magical. As you walk into the eatery, you’ll get the feeling like you’ll have an low-key, but wonderful dining experience. The modern space is encased with warm woods - from the floors to benches - with pops of white and eclectic patterns from the chairs, the bar, the lighting fixtures and the walls. The restaurant itself is not huge, but could definitely comfortably host a few gatherings with ease.

Overall, this restaurant is a cozy spot that would be fun to go with your significant other, with a bunch of friends - or just by yourself. You’ll have a great time exploring the delicious menu and expanding your culinary horizons.

South is located at 330 Townsend St. #101 in San Francisco. For more information, visit or to make a reservation, call (415) 974 5599.

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