Here are nine new restaurants on the Peninsula and South Bay.


A bunch of new ones bakeries and in recent weeks, specialty drink spots have been popping up on the Peninsula and South Bay. There are new places where you can eat gluten-free cakes or sourdough bread made from freshly ground grains, and drink freshly squeezed cane juice and lattes with fresh fruit.

A popular Chinese soup chain made its Bay Area debut in downtown Mountain View, while a San Francisco dumpling shop opened a new South San Francisco restaurant where diners can order handcrafted xiao long bao alongside Cajun-style seafood .

Read on to learn about nine of the latest Peninsula and South Bay openings.

Oy Gluten Free Baking Co.

A outstanding gluten free Italian restaurant just opened a spin-off bakery in the South Bay. From the owner of Polenteria in Los Gatos, Oy Gluten Free Baking Co. makes brioche, mini lemon meringue pies, and maple bacon bundt cakes, all gluten-free. It’s a win for local celiacs and gluten-intolerant eaters, who have few gluten-free bakeries in the area other than the popular Misfits Bakehouse in Palo Alto. Polenteria’s “fantastic” bread has already been highly praised by Chronicle restaurant critic Soleil Ho.

300 N Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos.

Zhangliang Malatang

What appears to be the first Bay Area outpost of Zhangliang Malatang, a popular Chinese malatang chain, has arrived in downtown Mountain View. Diners can create their own bowls of malatang, a Sichuan-style stew, from a range of ingredients and soup bases like mushroom broth or tom yum. A mix of vegetables and proteins is offered in a buffet style priced per pound: choose from whole leaf Chinese cabbage, dried ramen noodles, fishballs or raw beef and condiments to serve yourself.

246 Castro St., Mountain View. 650-386-5784.

morning wood

Morning Wood’s variation of Imagawayaki-style waffles, a sweet, stuffed Japanese street snack.

Nic Coury/Special for The Chronicle

Fried French toast, matcha mochi pancakes and kalua melts are on the menu at Morning Wood, a popular brunch on the peninsula recently reopened in a new location. Owners Chad and Monica Kaneshiro are known for their whimsical, over-the-top breakfast variations that incorporate Hawaiian, Japanese, and Korean flavors. The new San Mateo restaurant is taking reservations and has almost twice the capacity of San Bruno’s original Morning Wood, which often had a long line.

Peninsula Ave. 514, San Mateo.

D&C Cajun Seafood

The San Francisco owners of Dumpling Time have opened a Cajun-style dumpling and seafood restaurant in south San Francisco.
The San Francisco owners of Dumpling Time have opened a Cajun-style dumpling and seafood restaurant in south San Francisco.Soleil Ho

This new South San Francisco restaurant specializes in an unexpected yet magical combination: Cajun-style dumplings and seafood. It’s from the owners of San Francisco’s popular dumpling home, so expect delicious xiao long bao and baos with crispy pork alongside mala-flavored crawfish, buttery snow crab legs and frontal prawns. Drinks include milk tea, wine, beer, and soju (alcohol is cut by half during a daily happy hour).

320 Grand Avenue, South San Francisco. 650-273-8222.

Sugar Cane Headquarters

There’s a new place to drink sugarcane juice on the peninsula: Sugarcane HQ, which owner Phong Nguyen has opened next to his Vietnamese restaurant, Pho de Nguyen, in San Bruno. The Bay Area has few specialty stores offering freshly squeezed cane juice, including San Jose’s long-standing Nuoc Mia Ninh Kieu and San Francisco newcomers Suga Bros. Nguyen imports sugar cane from a farm in Vietnam and serves the juice neat or mixed with passion fruit, kumquat calamansi, coconut or soon a shot of espresso. He munched on large chunks of sugar cane at his Stockton home and later slurped it up from plastic bags sold by street vendors on trips to Vietnam. As an adult, he missed the soft drink known for its numerous health benefits. Pho de Nguyen customers can now also order sugar cane juice there on weekdays.

586-A San Mateo Avenue, San Bruno.

Manresa bread

Manresa Bread's Bacon Egg Cheese Sandwich is available at a new location in Los Gatos.

Manresa Bread’s Bacon Egg Cheese Sandwich is available at a new location in Los Gatos.

Alyssa Twelker

Manresa Bread, the popular bakery spin-off of Michelin-starred restaurant Manresa, has moved from its original home in Los Gatos to a larger space nearby. The new location sells the same freshly milled sourdough bread and pastries, but now also serves heartier savory foods like sandwiches, similar to Manresa Bread’s all-day cafe in Campbell. Think of a BLT on brioche or a cheesy breakfast sandwich. The company, run by former Manresa baker Avery Ruzicka, is expanding. Opened in Palo Alto last fall and this month in Santa Cruz.

40 N Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos.

Not latte

An avocado latte from Not Latte, which has a new coffee shop in San Jose.

An avocado latte from Not Latte, which has a new coffee shop in San Jose.

Courtesy of Heng Qiu

Less than a year later Opening in San Francisco, popular cafe Not Latte has expanded to San Jose. Visit Not Latte’s specialty there: lattes made with fresh fruit, from dragon fruit and banana to durian. Or get a Coconut Latte – espresso mixed with fresh coconut juice and coconut milk.

3245 Sierra Road, San Jose.

Wanpo tea shop

Wanpo Tea Shop, a popular Boba chain from Taiwan, opened a third US location in Millbrae, following the first in Palo Alto and a second in Cupertino. The extensive menu includes everything from smoked plum tea to matcha latte with red bean jelly. Look out for seasonal specialty drinks like a tea brewed with Crataegus Roselle or Chinese hawthorn berries.

1069 El Camino Real, Millbrae.

Lavender n’ Cream Patisserie

Redwood City has a new bakery in Lavender n’ Cream, opened by a Canadian couple who previously ran a pastry shop in Montreal. The pastry box is filled with eclairs, Swiss rolls, opera cakes and other sweets. Lavender n’ Cream also serves a small savory menu, including croissant sandwiches and salads.

3716 Florence Street, Redwood City.

Elena Kadvany (she/she) is a contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @ekadvany


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