At Hard Water, Charles Phan’s whiskey bar on The Embarcadero, the whiskeys are arranged high up a 20-foot wall and there’s a ladder for the bartenders to reach the highest ones. It’s a towering shrine to brown liquor, one that outshines the accompanying food.
That’s not to say the New Orleans-inspired menu doesn’t have its head-turners. Read More
For those who haven’t gone completely digital yet, here are recommendations for readers and book lovers, including notable volumes published this year, and last-minute gift ideas, too.
Sweet ToothBy Ian McEwan ($26.95)The author of “Atonement” returns with a tale of love, espionage and word play, complete with dazzling dialogue and astute narrative observation. Read More
Wo Hing General Store, the latest jewel in the Charles Phan crown, has moved back into the original Slanted Door location. Even after an artistic makeover by architect Olle Lundberg, the narrow space still echoes the sensibility of Phan’s first restaurant, which brought local ingredients and smart design to Vietnamese cooking. Read More