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From Burmese eats to Asian sweets: Meet the 3 newest arrivals to the Marina/Cow Hollow

Itching to check out the newest restaurant and retail additions to the Marina and Cow Hollow? From a salon to an expansion of a popular Asian dessert shop, read on to see the newest spots to land in this San Francisco neighborhood.

Brand Benjamin Salon

2848 Webster St.

Photo: teddy b./Yelp

Founded by stylist Teddy Benjamin, Brand Benjamin Salon is a hair salon providing a full range of cuts and color services for men and women. The business also offers blowouts and conditioning treatments. (Check out its full list of stylists and services here.)

The salon currently holds five stars out of three reviews on Yelp, indicating good reviews.

Yelper Paul K., who reviewed Brand Benjamin on June 18, wrote, "Teddy works magic with my hair! I like to have fun with it, and through Teddy's consultations, we're always able to find the right cut and color to add a little fun, while keeping my hair happy and healthy."

Yelper Christine T. wrote, "So happy this salon opened! It's such a great spot, with great stylists. I personally see Nicole and love her — she understands blonde, and if you're blonde, you'll understand what I mean."

Brand Benjamin Salon is open from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. on Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday. (It's closed on Monday and Sunday.)

Karaweik Burmese Cuisine

3317 Steiner St.

Photo: karaweik burmese cuisine/Yelp

Housed in the former Chotto space, Karaweik Burmese Cuisine is a new Burmese spot serving up seafood, veggies, salad, rice and noodles.

The menu features dishes like salmon curry (salmon cooked with tomato, onion, garlic, ginger, red chili paste, tamarind puree and basil), crunchy pineapple chicken (deep-fried popcorn chicken tossed with onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, pineapple, and citrus sauce) and lamb kebat (wok-fried ground lamb with shallot, garlic, ginger, paprika, tomato, mint, chili and Burmese spices).

Karaweik Burmese Cuisine's current Yelp rating of five stars out of 42 reviews indicates positive attention from users.

Yelper Piyusha P., who reviewed Karaweik Burmese Cuisine on June 16, wrote, "Wow! Just wow! I just ended a fantastic meal at Karaweik, and the flavors are still dancing in my mouth. I turned to my friend and said, 'Yeah... I'm going to crave this place. You'll have to bring this when you come to visit me.'"

Yelper Anna K. wrote, "My colleagues and I chose Karaweik because we had heard that the food there is delicious, and we did not leave disappointed! Everything, from the attentive and efficient service to the high-quality food to the understated but elegant ambiance at the restaurant, was fantastic!"

Karaweik Burmese Cuisine is open from 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5 p.m.–9 p.m. on Tuesday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5 p.m.–9:30 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.–9 p.m. on Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.)

U: Dessert Story Vintage

2120 Greenwich St.

Photo: u: Dessert Story Vintage/Yelp

The second location of Castro-based U: Dessert Story, known as U: Dessert Story Vintage, recently debuted in Cow Hollow. Like the original, it serves Instagram-friendly desserts inspired by the flavors of Japan, Korea and Thailand.

On the menu, expect to see items like mango sticky rice bingsoo (organic homemade crumble sticky rice, mango puree and condensed milk), Thai tea crepe cake (served with homemade Thai tea sauce) and honey brick toast (toast filled with vanilla bean ice cream, almonds, honey, mixed berries and bananas). 

Yelp users are generally positive about U : Dessert Story Vintage, which currently holds four stars out of 36 reviews on the site.

Yelper Katherine L., who reviewed the dessert spot on July 3, wrote, "Absolutely, delightfully, decadently amazing! Some of the best Asian desserts I've had for this price point ... Right down to the plates and serving boards, you can tell that there's a lot of detail, thought and care placed into every design."

Huyen N. noted, "Super-cute Thai dessert place. The details of this place and [its] serving ware are amazing. The gold cups make you feel ... like royalty almost (haha). The staff are attentive and sweet as well."

U : Dessert Story Vintage is open from 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.–midnight daily.


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