Manos Nouveau, a Castro gem tucked away behind The Cafe, debuts their brunch menu June 21st, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 2pm. The light French-Latin fare menu is humble in size, focusing primarily on artfully crafted cuisine, divided into categories of pequeño (smaller bites for snacking and sharing), brunch main courses, and a handful of delightful sides.
While most of the menu is focused on innovation, some dishes are deeply rooted Latin heritage, such as the black bean bacon soup topped with a poached egg, a recipe reconceived by owner & Executive Chef Manuel Montalban from his grandmother’s kitchen in Nicaragua. Chef Gualberto Nic Camara recommends his chicken breast croquettas, topped with bell pepper slices, sautéed spinach, poached eggs, watercress criolla, and an aji pepper cream sauce. The stuffed zucchini with fried eggs offers a savory vegetable option, while the filet mignon ribeye burger provides meat eaters with a luxurious brunch affair.
Smaller options include a cheese plate consisting of a variety of Latin and French cheeses, their popular Latin style French onion soup which can also be found on their dinner menu, and ahi tartare deviled eggs garnished with caviar. Agave wine oyster shooters are offered as an aperitif and a daily tropical fruit juice mimosa will substitute for the commonplace orange juice variety.
Brunch diners will enjoy a quiet view of the historical F-line trolley under large south facing windows which bask in the early afternoon sunshine. As is with their dinner menu, brunch prices are all-inclusive and party size is limited to a maximum of 4.