DINING DIARY SF | CALA / by Brackett Bilodeau

Image courtesy of SF Mag

Image courtesy of SF Mag

Dubbed one of the best Mexican restaurants in the United States (and rightfully so), Cala has won over the hearts of locals and foodies alike with chef and proprietor Gabriella Cámara’s inventive take on Latin cuisine. Locally sourced ingredients take on unexpected identities at the hands of Cámara in the bright, airy space, bringing together light and heavy elements like Santa Cruz abalone in serrano cream or a ceviche of halibut contrasted by fennel, radish, and sorrel, all characteristic of Chef’s personality and exquisite in their own right. Cala’s Mexico City predecessor Contramar certainly influences the menu with crowd favorites, while the backbone of the house offerings is subject to change daily based on market availability. Attaché Insider: head around back to the nondescript Tacos Cala for a more casual bite with back alley tacos de guisado (traditional street tacos hailing from Mexico City) served at lunchtime Monday through Friday, standing room only. Contact your Attaché for Cala reservations and more menu picks.

149 FELD STREET, SAN FRANCISCO