Cala

When most people in SF think of Mexican food, they think of their favorite late night burrito or taco bar. However, Cala shows San Francisco that the world of Mexican cuisine does not have to be heavy, greasy, and eaten out of a tinfoil wrapper. The famous female chef behind this high-end Mexican restaurant is Gabriela Cámara, who gained her fame from her restaurants in her hometown of Mexico City. Cala, which translates to "cove" in Spanish, specializes in seafood dishes; the flavors and textures are spot on. The trout tostado tasted like a buttery lox on on a perfectly crispy tortilla. The halibut ceviche, subtle in its spice, is also a perfect starter. I really enjoyed the brunch -especially since there was no wait in line - and I hope to come back again and check out the acclaimed dinner.

Halibut ceviche with kohlrabi, serrano, and pepitas

Halibut ceviche with kohlrabi, serrano, and pepitas

Trout tostadas with chipotle, avocado, and fried leeks

Trout tostadas with chipotle, avocado, and fried leeks

Pickled cucumbers and habanero, onion salsa 

Pickled cucumbers and habanero, onion salsa 

Enfrijoladas with queso fresco, purslane, and a fried egg

Enfrijoladas with queso fresco, purslane, and a fried egg

Chilaquiles verdes with chicken and a fried egg

Chilaquiles verdes with chicken and a fried egg

Chilaquiles verdes with chicken and a fried egg -view from above

Chilaquiles verdes with chicken and a fried egg -view from above