Japanese and Western flavors collide at this hip Castro address, where “cassoulet” is actually a five-spice duck leg with soybeans and duck-fat rice; chicken wings come stuffed with gyoza filling; and chicken and waffles are done karaage-style with accents of shiso béarnaise and matcha salt. Even the cocktails incorporate unusual features like sea beans and shiitakes. But despite the culinary culture clash, Nomica's food is playful and satisfying, and anxious foodies bend over backwards to score an advance order of its coveted whole chicken in brioche (which requires 24 hours' notice). With its vast selection of Japanese whisky and awamori, this a big draw for young professional types, who congregate at the bar for sips and quirky bites.
- MICHELIN guide inspectors