Econ 101: fill a need and they will come.
Matsumi Takehara, mother of two, elite pastry chef and owner of the Sandbox Bakery in Bernal Heights, wanted a place in her neighborhood where parents and kids could have a good time eating together. Her bakery started that mission two years ago, but 903, her restaurant down the block, completes it.
The tiny space has an open kitchen with an ordering counter and only 15 seats around three communal tables in the back, not counting the high chairs lined up against the wall. Thai chef Nute Chulasuwan and Mexican chef Miguel Rosas, play in the kitchen, each day creating dishes for the daily-changing menu. With Takehara’s Japanese sensibility, 903 becomes a United Nations of cooking: Japanese, Thai, Mexican. And American, because Mutsumi’s contractor husband, Mike Bradsord is responsible for moist smoked brisket, and chickens that turn on the rotisserie he installed. Some dishes insouciantly fuse two or three national cuisines, though others represent just one…
903 Cortland, San Francisco
Contact: 415 678-5759