Delicious things you should know about this week.
Alba Ray's Opens In the Mission
Alba Ray's, a new Cajun restaurant by the team behind Causwells and Popsons Burgers, opened its doors in the Mission on Monday in the old Hapa Ramen location (RIP). Named after owner Alvin Garcia's son (Noah Ray) and chef/partner Adam Rosenblum's baby daughter (Alba), the restaurant will offer a menu of classic New Orleans dishes divided in small plates (crispy boudin balls, creole BBQ shrimp), entrees (shrimp and grits, rabbit stew), and larger shareables (jambalaya). There's also a generous menu of beer, wine, and cocktails to help put out the heat. // Open daily, 2293 Mission St. (Mission), albarays.com
Halal Guys Opens San Francisco Location
The beloved New York City street cart is opening its first brick-and-mortar in San Francisco this Friday. You can expect the famous spicy chicken-and-rice plate that the cart is known for (with a choice of gyro or falafel), as well as sandwiches, fries, and baklava for dessert. The restaurant will be open late night—we suggest visiting after a few drinks and not a minute before 1am to get the true experience. // Open daily, 340 O'Farrell St (Union Square), thehalalguys.com
Coletta Gelato Now Scooping in SoMa
Coletta is now scooping delicious creamy gelato in SoMa. Started by two friends who attended Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna, the heart of Coletta is in its on-site gelato lab where they make and pasteurize their own gelato base (most ice cream shops or gelato shops purchase their base from elsewhere). Expect approachable flavors such as "Almost Chai," Irish coffee, coconut, mint-chip stracciatella, and California pistachio with sea salt. // Open Monday to Saturday, 11am-8pm, 685 Harrison St (SoMa), colettagelato.com
Mister Jiu's Chinese New Year Dinner
Brandon Jew is partnering with some of the best chefs in SF to create a special eight-course Chinese New Year Dinner next Monday. All proceeds will benefit the Chinese Historic Society. Nick Balla and Cortney Burns from Bar Tartine/Motze will be doing a chicken-skin terrine, Sarah and Evan Rich of Rich Table will be making cold black-garlic longevity noodles, and Rupert and Carrie Blease of Lord Stanley will be stuffing chicken wings with pine and paprika. Hurry, they're close to selling the last ticket for this special event. // $150, Monday January 30, 5:30pm-8:30pm, 28 Waverly Pl. (Chinatown), Get tickets here.
Namu Noodle Pop-up
Join the Lee brothers and the Namu team for their noodle pop-up at Beachside Coffee Bar and Kitchen in the Sunset tonight. Brothers Dennis, David, and Daniel are opening Namu Stonepot on Divisadero in NoPa later this year. There, they'll serve kimchi stew and ramen in large stonepots, so expect tonight's event to be an unofficial preview. In addition to delicious, soul-satisfying noodle soups for slurping, there'll be beer, wine, and soju for sipping. // January 25, 5pm-soldout, 4300 Judah St (Outer Sunset), namusf.com