As with most projects in the city these days, the timeline was extended, but we got word from a spokesperson that Dabba will open its doors to hungry SoMa and nearby FiDi diners by early July. The concept showcases "global flavors 'wrapped in a California state of mind,'" according to an email from the spokesperson. The owners have applied for a beer and wine license.
The team behind Dabba includes CEO Andy Mercy; former French Laundry and Spruce chef Walter Abrams, who serves as executive chef; and Ashok Kumar, the owner of Avatar's. The name Dabba is Hindi for "lunchbox," and "was inspired by a complex food delivery system in Mumbai that is run by a network of delivery men called 'dabbawalas,'" the website says.
The menu of "edible enlightenment" includes bowls, burritos or tacos made with paratha flatbread. According to the website, fillings include chicken, pork, lamb, pumpkin, mustard greens, eggplant and mixed vegetables.
Zero Ten Design in SoMa is doing the project; their other clients include Bun Mee, Hog Island Oyster Bar, Press Club, multiple locations of Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma, and multiple Genentech cafeterias.