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1601 Bar & Kitchen

Tapas Restaurant and Sri Lankan Restaurant$$$$
SoMa, San Francisco
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  • The experts at SFGate and tablehopper recommend this place
    • SFGate
    • tablehopper
  • Hanh L.
    "The egg hopper, lamb/beef meatballs, and desserts were..."(7 Tips)
    San F.
    "Order chef Brian Fernando’s mulligatawny soup"(3 Tips)
    "Chef-owner Brian Fernando uses the flavors of Sri Lankan cuisine"(2 Tips)
    "opt for the bavette"(2 Tips)
32 Tips and reviews
  • egg hoppers
  • brian fernando s
  • bavette
  • mulligatawny soup
  • tasting menu
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  • SFGate
    SFGateSeptember 8, 2014
    Chef-owner Brian Fernando uses the flavors of Sri Lankan cuisine, which he grew up eating, alongside French and Spanish influences to create a successful menu that is both refined and rustic. Read more
  • tablehopper
    tablehopperAugust 3, 2014
    Steak lovers, opt for the bavette ($21), with a demi-glace made from the seeni (onion) sambol, and pork belly fans, there’s a really tender-yet-crisp version ($15) here with chicharrones, bonus. Read more
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedOctober 23, 2015
    "This is a tender poached octopus salad with spice heaven—you have got to try this dish. It also comes with a smoked lime gelée, iced heirloom tomato chutney, and amaranth." Chef Hiro Sone Read more
  • Vinny A.
    Friendly service staff. Great selection of beer/wine. The tapas style food is good, its a bit on the expensive side for the size of the portions. It's more asian fusion than authentic Sri Lankan food.
  • Jugoslav P.
    Jugoslav PetkovicJune 3, 2013
    Great place to go with friends and share plates. It's tapas-style - a variety of small plates. The cuisine is Srilankan inspired, upgraded with French techniques. Nice fusion!
  • Lily W.
    Lily WolfrumJune 19, 2014
    The potatoes, the meatballs, the salmon! All fantastic! Felt price was very reasonable for the high quality of the food. Great wine suggestions by our waitress.
  • tablehopper
    tablehopperAugust 3, 2014
    When you want to enjoy a meal and sink into some unique dishes and flavors, here’s your spot. It's like knowing a juicy secret, but really, you should share this one. Read more
  • tablehopper
    tablehopperAugust 3, 2014
    The egg hopper is totally unique, no one else makes it in the city. A must for egg lovers. And pro tip: you can eat it with your hands. Yay! Read more
  • Renato V.
    Renato Valdes OlmosFebruary 6, 2016
    The egg hopper is ridiculously good, but so is everything else. Staff is wonderful. Decor could be better—to match the quality of the food.
  • Brendan C.
    Brendan CurranAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Menu features lots of coconut, an extensive wine list, and inventive small plates. Also generally easy to get seated without a reservation.
  • Vi T.
    Vi TranOctober 31, 2013
    This place is super delicious, portions are super small though. It's a fancyish place. I'm a big fan of the scallops, octopus is good too.
  • San F.
    Order chef Brian Fernando’s mulligatawny soup, rich with coconut milk, curry, a kick of heat, and a juicy roulade of chicken confit. Read more
  • Ivan R.
    Ivan ResnikoffJune 28, 2015
    Food and service are outstanding. Sri-lanka meets Spain and France.... Super tasty! Egg hopper is divine.
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoAugust 2
    Small but creative menu; come hungry for the tasting menu
  • David H.
    David HowlandOctober 17, 2015
    Tried one of everything and it was all delicious. Okra and octopus in particular stood out.
  • Katie M.
    Katie MuiAugust 13, 2014
    The egg hopper is a must-have, but skip the wine pairings if you're doing the tasting menu. Lots of whites that didn't compliment the food at all.
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterJune 5, 2015
    Try the kottu roti made, the black curry crusted bavette state, or the lobster fricasseel.
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoAugust 2
    Chilled Dungeness crab, spicy vinaigrette, tomato chutney ice
  • Nitya C.
    Nitya ChandraDecember 21, 2014
    Love love love!!! Chef came out to say hello, so sweet. Make sure to try the hoppers
  • Vi T.
    Vi TranNovember 4, 2013
    The food is crazy good here, fancy small portions of course. Get the scallops.
  • Jason L.
    Jason LukOctober 2, 2013
    I ordered just about the whole menu and loved: octopus, egg and the steak.
  • Hanh L.
    Hanh LeNovember 2, 2013
    The egg hopper, lamb/beef meatballs, and desserts were amazing!!!!!!!!!
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoAugust 2
    Chicken curry, fresh English peas, Basmati rice
  • tablehopper
    tablehopperAugust 3, 2014
    Don't pass on the mulligatawny soup. (How many of us first learned about that soup because of Seinfeld? [Raises hand.]) Damn tasty. Read more
  • Dick H.
    Dick HardtOctober 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Having a lovely Sosh tasting menu with Riesling pairings.
  • Daniel
    DanielJune 7, 2014
    Some of the dishes were quite flavorful and delicious. However, the wine list needs to be improved
  • Simon T.
    Simon Tan3 weeks ago
    Salmon was melt-in-your mouth
  • Robert P.
    Robert PollakAugust 18, 2013
    Definitely try the Egg Hopper
  • Nikhil V.
    Nikhil VartyJanuary 23, 2016
    Octopus... Wow
  • diana c.
    diana chowAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The egg hopper. You gotta
  • Constantine V.
    Constantine VNovember 4, 2014
    Mulligatawny soup — amazing.
  • Natasha W.
    Natasha WAugust 12, 2013
    Smallest plates, ever.
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