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Best of the Bay 2013: Brunch Without Borders

Carolyn Alburger, Sara Deseran | July 2, 2013 | Story

Three new spots not only cross cultures, but also offer reservations along with their Benedicts and bao.

Sure, Ton Kiang is great, but for the kind of dim sum that makes you feel like Hong Kong royalty, take the elevator up to the cloistered second-floor dining room at upscale Chinese restaurant Hakkasan. Instead of rolling around in a cart, the kitchen’s inspired delicacies are served tableside, from chicken and abalone shumai that will set you back $29 (but could be displayed behind glass at the de Young) to the fried dim sum platter’s roast duck pumpkin puff. A sophisticated tea service is available, as are, more importantly, cocktails. Weekends, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. 1 Kearny St. (at Market St.), 415-829-8148 S.D.

Copita Tequileria y Comida
After a bike, ferry, or car ride to Sausalito, angle for one of the patio seats at this Cal-Mex restaurant. The brunch menu from Mexican- American executive chef Gonzalo Rivera puts huevos rancheros to shame. Start with a trio of ceviches, followed by chilaquiles doused in red and green chili sauces and herbs from the restaurant’s nearby garden. Buñuelos, warm two-bite doughnuts tossed in lime sugar, tamarind, and fresh mint, are best ordered as a sugary send-off. Weekends, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 739 bridgeway (at Anchor St.), Sausalito, 415-331-7400 C.A.

In Uptown Oakland, this bright diner-chic restaurant greets brunchgoers with easy parking. Chef Kyle Itani’s Japanese influence comes through in Yonsei oysters decorated with sea urchin and salmon roe, a Benedict charged with soy-braised pork belly, and anything with jidori eggs. The cocktail list’s Wagonwheel (hot coffee, bourbon, and Scotch cream) wraps things up with a double buzz. Weekends, 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. 1915 San Pablo Ave. (at 19th St.), 510-788-6217 C.A.

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Originally published in the July 2013 issue of San Francisco.

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