Gaspar Brasserie Opens: Here's an Early LookBy Virginia Miller | May 21, 2014 By Virginia Miller | May 21, 2014
Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Gaspar Brasserie. It's alluring in red, black, polished brass and dark wood under low ceilings. There's an intimate bar and banquettes downstairs, a dining room and a long - also intimate - bar upstairs. And it's right Downtown near the Montgomery BART stop, in a prime meet-up location for a workday lunch or evening rendezvous. Tomorrow (May 22), restaurateur Franck LeClerc, the man behind Gitane, two Cafe Claude locations and Claudine, opens this, his fifth restaurant, which recalls a Parisian brasserie circa 1960.
We slipped in for an early dinner, tasting through multiple courses from executive chef Chris Jones (formerly of Napa's Brix and Sonoma's the girl & the fig), pastry chef Chucky Dugo (executive pastry chef of the Slanted Door Group since 2008) and bar manager extraordinaire Kevin Diedrich (formerly of Jasper's and Burritt Room). With this dream team, we are not surprised to say that an early peek is nothing short of exciting. Gaspar has the encompassing scope of a NYC classic like Balthazar but with greater seductive allure.
Walk with us through early dish and dessert highlights today and cocktail standouts tomorrow. Then visit the restaurant after it opens on Thursday. Opening hours are Monday-Saturday, 4-11 PM. Happy hour happens weekdays from 4-6 PM. Lunch, Sunday dinner, late-night dining, and brunch to come. 185 Sutter St.; 415-576-8800