Former Malacañang chef, to open pop-up store in SF
A Filipino concept pop-up store will be operating in San Francisco until April, bringing traditional Pinoy dishes to Marina.
Elena Una, named for after the owner’s grandmother and the Filipino word for “first”, is the brainchild of a Filipino couple, SF Eater reported.
Chef Janice Lazaga, a former chef at Malacañang Palace who recently moved to SF from the Philippines, will be operating the restaurant along with her wife, Kaye Otbo, who has lived in SF for a while.
“Being here for a long time, I tell her there’s not a lot of Filipino food in the city, and it’s always the hole-in-the-wall kind of place mostly in Daly City,” Otbo told Eater in an interview.
“We want to break that barrier and introduce the cuisine in a different light. It works for us to start it as a pop-up so we can find out how people accept it and what they like and don’t like”, she added.
The former Presidential chef has been going around at Michelin-starred restaurants around town to “get a feel for the market”.
Their menu, SF Eater said, would include traditional Pinoy faves including lumpia and champorado, but with a twist. Lumpia will have cheese and a lemon aioli dipping sauce, and champorado, will feature white chocolate instead, topped with seasonal Bay Area produce.
Elena Una will on October 27 in San Francisco.