If you've got Japanese, Korean, or Burmese food on the brain, you're in luck: We've found the three freshest new San Francisco eateries specializing in Asian eats, all of which have clocked Yelp ratings of 4.5 or 5 stars.
Whether you're craving Burmese or banchan, here are the newest places to check out the next time you're in the mood for Asian food.
Inle Burmese Cuisine
1298 Church St., Noe Valley
Inle Burmese Cuisine is a Burmese restaurant serving a concise menu of starters, noodle dishes and rice plates. Try the tea leaf salad, the veggie-friendly samosa soup, the coconut noodle soup with chicken, the Shan noodles (rice noodles tossed with tofu, tomato and black bean sauce) or the pork curry.
Named for a freshwater lake located in the Shan Hills of Myanmar, Inle also offers a variety of soft drinks, teas and traditional desserts.
The new restaurant currently holds 4.5 stars out of 15 reviews on Yelp, indicating good reviews.
Yelper Cary L., who reviewed Inle on Oct. 13, wrote, "Excited to have a great new addition to Noe Valley's restaurant scene."
Inle Burmese Cuisine is open from 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–9:30 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday and from noon–9 p.m. on Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.)
846 Geary St., Tenderloin
Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, Global Cuisine offers 16 different types of nigiri; 20 kinds of traditional and signature rolls; and chirashi bowls. There's also a small selection of non-sushi "global seafood," like poke, paella and seafood cioppino, and some options for carnivores, like burgers and momos (Nepalese dumplings).
Global Cuisine's current Yelp rating of five stars out of six reviews indicates positive attention from users.
Yelper Kathleen M., who reviewed Global Cuisine on Oct. 12, wrote, "This place is a hidden gem that I predict won't be hidden for long! I've been here three times in the past week, because the food is JUST THAT GREAT."
And Darius Y. wrote: "Since they opened, I've had their sushi rolls, chirashi don, chicken sandwich, burger, and everything has been excellent! I may be a little biased since we live in the neighborhood, but this place is such a gem."
Global Cuisine is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. on weekdays and for dinner from 5–11:30 p.m. on Monday-Thursday and from 5 p.m.–2 a.m. on Friday. The restaurant is open from 1 p.m.–2 a.m. on Saturday and 1–11:30 p.m. on Sunday.
1235 Ninth Ave., Inner Sunset
Queens is a deli and grocery store that bills itself as a "neighborhood Korean superette," according to its website. The shop stocks heirloom Asian vegetables, marinated meats, fresh kimchi and imported goods like snacks, noodles, sauces, spices, oils, coffee and tea.
It also offers prepared fare like daegu jeon and gimbap, as well as weekly meal sets ($75), with a different assortment of banchan and seasonal ingredients each week. Additionally, Queens has begun hosting Korean cooking classes and a recurring communal dinner series.
Yelp users are excited about Queens, which currently holds five stars out of nine reviews on the site.
Yelper Ashley S., who was one of the first users to visit Queens on Sept. 16, wrote, "Very clean and nicely organized. Staff was so friendly."
Debra K. noted, "My girls and I love this new adorable little Korean spot and have been in multiple times to try new things from the deli section."
Queens is open from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. on Tuesday-Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.)
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