Kim Alter loves owls so much she named her first solo project after the nocturnal creatures. A wise move, it turns out. Since opening in 2016, Nightbird has fast become one of San Francisco’s most talked about restaurants. Housed in an elegant, understated space, the Hayes Valley hotspot has earned widespread critical acclaim for its fortnightly-changing tasting menus of intricately conceived dishes like chef / owner Kim’s signature quail’s egg topped with brown butter aioli and caviar (on a bed of fried leeks no less) which are both a celebration of the very best Californian produce - Kim knows the farmers by name - and her own impressive culinary journey. “Immensely talented” (SF Chronicle), Kim’s inspiring career spans two decades and includes stints in some of the Bay Area’s most renowned kitchens (3* Manresa and 2* Acquerello included). It took her two years of blood, sweat and tears to open Nightbird, but it was worth the wait. If you like inventive Californian cuisine with a focus on fresh ingredients and plenty of heart and soul, this one’s for you.