Blending cuisines of Japan, France and California, I Privé, a concept of chef Stanley Chen, has opened in Burlingame. The fusion restaurant has two dining options: an innovative omakase tasting menu — in which guests let the chef choose their dishes — or regular a la carte ordering. “Sushi, sake and spirits” is the headline on the restaurant’s website, and that idea is reiterated by a focus on cocktails and sushi rolls at counter seating (both a sushi bar and a place for drinks and watching games). It’s a sleek, modern setting with high ceilings, uncovered black tables and a gorgeous outdoor patio. The scene is as stylish as the sushi roll creations, such as Hugito Explosion with spicy tuna, avocado, macadamia nuts and jalapenos. Non-roll options include The Tony and Kathy, with black cod and a miso sake sauce, and hamachi carpaccio with plum and jalapeno. Crispy salmon skins with coconut ice cream for dessert? You’ll find that, too.
1125 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame; (650) 348-8866. Iprivesake.com
South San Francisco
In South San Francisco, Ng’s Cooking is serving Cantonese cuisine specialties, in the former Paradise space in the Westborough Square complex. The restaurant is the first sibling of Ng’s Kitchen in Daly City; the two share almost identical menus. Lunch focuses on $6 specials and a few options to fill out a $10 bento box. In the evening, there are easily more than 100 menu choices. Start with barbecue spare ribs, and pork and spinach won ton soup before General Tso’s chicken and prawns with scrambled egg. Of special interest is the chef’s creation portion of the large menu, with unique items including Ng’s signature spicy eggplant with chicken and shrimp.
2268 Westborough Blvd., South S.F.; (650) 589-8801. Ngscooking.com
Another week, another boba tea cafe opens on the Peninsula _ this time in South San Francisco’s Westborough Square. Quickly, a large global chain with shops in Northern California and Asia, has an extensive menu that starts with pearl milk tea and covers a broad spectrum of drinks from juices to milk shakes to flavored teas. Savory food includes spam musubi, rice bowls and fried snacks, such as crispy popcorn chicken. Desserts include egg puffs and flavored snow ices.
2288 Westborough Blvd., South S.F.; (650) 872-2800. Quicklyusa.com
Redwood City, Burlingame, Pacifica
With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to stock up on candy for trick-or-treaters — or to enjoy yourself. Young’s, an old-fashioned candy bar and ice cream shop in Redwood City, has with seemingly every jelly bean imaginable. Powell’s Sweet Shoppe in Burlingame has everything from Pez dispensers to gumballs to artisan fudge. In Pacifica, The Candy Oasis is what its name suggests, a spot for the sweet tooth, specializing in old-school and imported candy and salt water taffy.
2020 Broadway, Redwood City; (650) 364-7500
1166 Howard Ave., Burlingame; (650) 344-4478. Powellsss.com
1905 Palmetto Ave., Pacifica; (650) 735-1871. Thecandyoasis.com