The irony of grocery shopping is that after you’ve filled your arms full of reusable tote bags with basic necessities, you are almost always too tired and hungry to cook dinner with the recently purchased greens weighing you down.
So it’s good that H Mart – a popular Korean grocery chain heading to San Francisco – showered you with their mega food court.
The food court, officially known as the “K-Town Food Hall”, plans five different restaurants or bakeries that will offer casual Korean food, food fusion and Chinese cuisine. Some names may sound familiar, such as Daeho, a Korean restaurant in Japantown and Milpitas, which will open its third store at H Mart Ingleside Heights. Daeho is known for its beef soup and kalbijjim – braised short ribs that you can top off with glass noodles, rice cakes or melting, slightly charred cheese. Left Wing, a Korean fried chicken chain, brings crispy, garlic-fried and flavorful wings to the K-Town Food Hall. Da Pan and Da SFC, two restaurants that focus on fried and casual dining, are also among the savory foods.
“We assure that H Mart San Francisco will be a destination where customers can truly enjoy ‘good food for all’,” said Brian Marton, President of H Mart, in a press release, adding that the grocery chain is ready to exceed all expectations. H Mart already has 90 locations across the country, including two in San Jose.
Later, H Mart plans to open a Paris Baguette, a Korean-French fusion bakery with multiple locations in the Bay Area. After shopping, round off your meal with a dessert by picking up one of Paris Baguette’s cream-filled croissants or a slice of their perfectly layered, fluffy cakes.
The grocery store will begin a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 21st at 9:50 am. Coincidentally, one day after indie rock singer-songwriter Japanese Breakfast – or Michelle Zauner – released her first H Mart memoir, San Francisco gets her first H Mart memoir, Crying at H Mart and two weeks before Zauner to Bowen Yang from Saturday Night Come live to chat at our own City Arts & Lectures. If you’re still curious about the hype about opening a grocery store, look no further than the first page of Zauner’s new memoir:
“Parachute kids flock to H Mart to find the instant noodle brand that reminds them of home. Here, Korean families buy rice cakes to make tteokguk, the beef and rice cake soup that brings in the new year. It’s the only place you can find a huge vat of peeled garlic because it’s the only place that really understands how much garlic you need for the kind of food your people are eating. H Mart is freedom from the catchy “ethnic” section in regular grocery stores. You are not propping Goya beans here next to bottles of Sriracha. “
H-Mart San Francisco
Ribbon cutting ceremony | April 21 | 9:50 a.m.
Open daily from April 22nd, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
3995 Alemany Blvd.