A pair of restaurants removed the plywood from their windows this week.
Cassis opened on Tuesday on Sutter and Steiner. The restaurant advertises itself as “Southern French Cuisine with an Italian Flair” and looks to be an Nicoise-inspired take on bistro fare. Cassis’ menu includes some surprising dishes, like pizza and pasta (hence the “Italian flair” which Nice is known for), but for the most part, the brothers behind the eatery–native Frenchmen Jerome and Stephane Meloni–stick to the basics: tart tatin, duck confit, pissaladiere (traditional Niçoise onion tart) et al.
Stacks also opened recently. The Peninsula chain unveiled its first San Francisco branch, in the former Hayes Street space of another Peninsula transplant, the fated Cafe Grillades. In all likelihood, Stacks will churn out the same delicious brunches as its Burlingame and Menlo Park locations.