Francis Ang, who has been at the forefront of the Bay Area’s modern Filipino food scene for years with his pop-up Pinoy Heritage, is opening his first full-size restaurant in San Francisco this summer.
Dubbed a modern Filipino-Californian restaurant, Abacá is located in the Kimpton Alton Hotel, a new boutique hotel opening near Fisherman’s Wharf in May. Abacá is slated to open in late June or July after the hotel’s debut.
While San Francisco is home to a slew of traditional Filipino spots and creative pop-ups, Abacá is likely to be the city’s first high-end Filipino restaurant. There are some popular dishes on offer like fried sisig rice from the Pinoy Heritage pop-ups, including imaginative seated menus, traditional Kamayan festivals, and casual brewery bites.
The range of the pop-ups will also be visible in Abacá. The focus is on shareable small plates of homemade noodles like crab pancit and grilled skewers inspired by Filipino street carts, such as: B. local asparagus with salted duck egg gribiche. There are also fried snacks like vegetarian lumpia that go well with a cocktail. Stronger options include crispy squid with cherries and rib-eye bistro with canned calamansi. Dishes are likely to cost $ 7- $ 35.
Chef Francis Ang is preparing classes in a Pinoy Heritage popup in San Francisco in 2019.
Patricia Chang / Special on The Chronicle 2019
“We focus on the way I learned to cook and rely on local suppliers to let us know what’s in season and what’s great,” Ang said Kitchen, I want to make sure that we use the region here and show what we have here. “
The restaurant also serves breakfast daily with Filipino baked goods like ensaymada, a soft pastry that comes in both savory flavors like salted egg and sweet flavors like eube. Espresso drinks get a special touch; a toasted white chocolate lightened flat white with yuzu. A weekend brunch that combines Filipino flavors with classic American staples is also in the works.
The new room offers space for approx. 50 people as well as 28 additional people on a terrace. Ang brings custom tableware and decorations from the Philippines – some items are made from the restaurant’s namesake, Abacá, a banana leaf fiber commonly used to make baskets, furniture, and clothing.
“For us as a team, it’s a kind of response: it’s the strongest fiber and our team is like family,” said Ang. The Pinoy Heritage staff will all move to Abacá.
Prior to joining Pinoy Heritage in 2015, Ang worked in upscale San Francisco restaurants such as Gary Danko and the now closed Fifth Floor, earning national attention for his pastry making skills. With Pinoy Heritage, The Chronicle named Ang one of the Bay Area’s emerging star chefs in 2018 and brought the pop-up to the top 100 restaurants.
It’s unclear what Abacá’s debut means for Pinoy Heritage, but Ang said the pop-up could continue in some form in the future.
Abacá. Opening in summer. 2700 Jones St., San Francisco. altonhotelsf.com
This story has been updated to include more details from Ang.
Janelle Bitker is a contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @janellebitker