Last Friday marked the opening of Muka, a French restaurant and wine bar formerly located under the Alliance Française de San Francisco, at its new location at 370 Grove St. in Hayes Valley.
Situated a block from the beginning of the main drag of Hayes Street (near the corner of Absinthe, Dobb’s Ferry, Chez Maman) and just down the street from notable San Francisco attractions (SF Symphony, SF Opera), the new location is certainly more convenient for most. And while it’s farther away from where I live, the new spot is great because it offers more space and much more natural sunlight than a lounge that’s located underground.
The menu has changed as well. Previously offering small bites like bistro sliders, the current chef now features a list of fancier French small plates influenced with a hint of Japanese flavors. The wine list is still amazing (try the Beaucanon Estate 2006 Cab Franc), and Muka now possesses a full liquor license, meaning there’s a signature cocktail menu as well. Happy hours include $5 beers, wines, sangria and small plates of food (think French tapas).
Longtime fans will remember that Muka originally began as a restaurant called Moussy’s, named after the French hometown of owner Jean-luc. Such regulars will also remember that Moussy’s once offered an amazing brunch menu with bottomless mimosas. If you are one of these people, delight in the fact that they plan on reintroducing said brunch soon at the new Muka.
Feeling like a fancy night in town but want to maintain a casual and fun vibe? Check out the new Muka!
Here are some photos to whet your palate…