Status: Open tonight
Over the last few nights Coastal Luxury Management invited in friends and family to test run their newest baby Faith & Flower, the grand AvroKO-designed Downtown eatery which replaces Towne and was inspired by Los Angeles during the 1800s and early 1900s. Last night the restaurant was packed, blasting rap as supporters downed barman Michael Lay's (Restaurant 1833, Monterey) milk punch ("it takes three days to make!" said a server) paired with chef Michael Hung's (La Folie, SF) kimchi-spiked deviled eggs, oxtail agnolotti, and uni toast with fava bean puree (for the lucky few who landed a plate). Operators David Bernahl and Rob Weakley glided through the space, stopping to greet friends, take photos, and pour a glass of Krug or two.
An early standout was Hung's thick cut wheat noodles with a zingy cumin lamb ragu, in addition to his roasted mushroom pizza with confit fennel. The most popular dessert by French Laundry vet Ben Spungin seemed to be his milk chocolate cremeux. See here all eats and note that the contemporary American menu will change slightly every few days. Lunch launches April 14.
Additional Reading: First Look, 3/26; Vital Updates, 3/24; Eater Tracking, 1/7; Fall Tracking, 8/13