Tender Loving Food is slated to soft-open today at 10am. This is the newest venture from Chef William Lue, who has managed to start up a string of Burmese restaurants in record time.
Jon Kauffman's article last week covered the details.
I had dinner at Grocery Cafe in Oakland recently and had a chance to talk with Lue abut his plans. Initially it will be open for lunch only, but will take reservations for group dinners at night. The lunch menu will be focused on Burmese classics that can be cooked to order fast. He wants to offer good value to workers and residents of the Tenderloin through enforcing strict portion control and minimizing food waste. Salads are $6 for individual size or $8 to 9 for a larger size to share. Noodles and entrees are $7 or 8, with the most expensive item, ox tails, topping out at $9.
He's been approached by some South Asian cooks in the area about doing pop-ups, and he's been talking with the owners of the closed Lafayette Coffee Shop about hiring some of their employees until they can re-open.
Please report in when you try it.
Tender Loving Food
393 Eddy St. (at Leavenworth)
San Francisco, CA