One of the few Sri Lankan fine-dining restaurants around, 1601 Bar & Kitchen celebrated a decade in San Francisco this year.
As with many establishments, the last few have certainly been challenging for it, what with the pandemic and increasing grittiness of the city.
But owners, Chef Brian Fernando and his wife, Yuliya Pavlova, who runs front of house, persevered mightily. And in February, they reopened their doors fully to the public, offering a $150 per person tasting menu Thursday through Saturday now.
They have a loyal clientele, many of whom have supported the restaurant by booking group events regularly.
A couple weeks ago, I was invited in as a guest of the restaurant to enjoy the current tasting menu.
If you don’t know Sri Lankan food, this is a perfect place to experience it, as you will feel warmly cared for by the couple from the moment you step through the doors. A little reminiscent of Indian food, the food of this Indian Ocean island is centered on rice, curries, chilies, and spices. Coconut is used copiously.Read more