San Francisco-Western Addition
May 11, 2018
Some foods are inherently comforting. After a rough day what better way to chill out then with a cool beer and a decently made burger or a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and a plate of grilled chicken? These are the kind of pleasures offered by Nopa, a friendly bar and restaurant housed in an old bank building just north of the Panhandle. The interior is hip but not in a try-hard way, with concrete floors and a funky mural on one wall. The food is simple in style but exceptionally well-executed, focusing on urban rustic food (OK, we’re not entirely sure what that is, but it tastes good) and specialising in wood-fired cuisine. Think roasted king salmon served with spiced chickpeas and bacon, grass-fed hamburger and fries, or Moroccan vegetable tagine, or a wood-grilled hanger steak or sausages. The place also serves bar snacks until 6pm (when dinner service starts) and brunch on weekends, where an interesting and varied menu offers more than just the usual brunch options, so is worth trying if you’re bored of the same old thing (how about goats cheese bread pudding, or curried sausage and red lentils?) The same level of care clearly goes into the cocktails. Their elderflower gimlet makes for a pretty refreshing drink on a hot evening, while the Blur mixes Chartreuse, cava and lime juice to great effect. The wine list features over 100 options, with a good selection available by the glass. The place can get a bit noisy on busy nights but that’s just a testament to its popularity.