Food & Drink

Seek the Comforts of Home at Muka

Wine and sweets in Hayes Valley

The secret ingredient to sweetening a dining experience: your mom.

The next best thing: a trip to Muka (named after owner Jean-luc Kayigire’s ma), a cult-followed TL wine bar and dessert cafe that recently relocated to Hayes Valley (Kayigire had long dreamed of opening in the hood).

Formerly subterranean, the space is now above ground, making it easier to spot the homey decor (dark woods, warm lighting) and new chef, Sanae Shikayama (Paisan).

Plates of Japanese-influenced California cuisine are light and seasonal. Start with a Wassup Pee-atch (peach bourbon, peach jam, lemon, peach bitters) and a baby gem salad with roasted nectarine and lavender vinaigrette, then move on to marinated olives with cardamom and preserved orange, roasted shishitou peppers with jako, and lamb shank curry pot pie.

Dessert is a must. We’re crazy for the Mango Soleil (sponge cake, mango mousse, and a raspberry center).

Mother-f–ing delicious.

Muka, 370 Grove Street, at Franklin Street (415-345-7027).


Photos: Edyta Szyszlo for DailyCandy

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370 Grove St
@ Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94102