News Hash: South African Fare, an Asian Bakery, More

By Darlene Horn  |  February 28, 2014

This week’s News Hash brings executive chef announcements, a new South African restaurant, a Taiwanese bakery and a sad goodbye for one of our favorite restaurants. Read all about it:

Peri-Peri, a South African restaurant opens its doors tomorrow in Torrey Highlands. The new eatery by restaurateur, William Sussman hopes to make this regional cuisine the next big thing. “Having been raised in South Africa, I wanted to introduce the flavors of Peri-Peri to San Diegans without losing the authenticity and traditions that my family and I grew up with,” says Sussman. The menu features curried lamb kebabs and boerewors, a traditional beef sausage, among other South African-inspired items. Look for a primer from Zagat next week or check out the website now. 

Things are shaking up at 100 Wines in Hillcrest. With the announcement of Miguel Valdez as new chef, there are some tweaks to the menu. More here

University Heights is saying goodbye to Farm House Café tonight after six years in business. According to the U-T San Diego, the owners, Olivier and Rochelle Bioteau are planning to take some time off and find a larger location somewhere else in the county. A new, unnamed restaurant will take its place on Adams Avenue. 

We heard rumors but couldn’t confirm until now: Taiwanese chain, 85°C is set to open in San Diego. This popular bakery café - known for sea salt coffee and squid ink bread - has a location slotted for the Balboa Mesa shopping center in Clairemont, according to Clairemont Central. The chain, with over 700 stores in Taiwan, China, Australia, Hong Kong and U.S., has several other stores opening in California. No opening date for the San Diego shop has been set.

It’s never too late to announce a tequila program. Earlier this month Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa started The All Agave Project, led by bar manager Chris Simmons. The members-only program includes on-site tequila tastings in the resort’s Pony Room and invitations to exclusive events, seminars and products. To score access, an annual membership fee of $295 is required. Find more information about the program here.