It was early 2009, right after the financial crisis hit America. David Barzelay was 25 and had just graduated from Georgetown Law School. It was 8 months into his new job at Fenwick and West as litigation associate when he received news that he was being laid off. As a lawyer and occasional chef, what does he do?
What about chef and occasional lawyer? So instead of bumming around waiting for a job offer, David started hosting dinners at home. He’s always loved to cook and experiment with new ingredients and ideas, so why not make use good use of his off time, he thought? As the story goes, a dinner with a few friends turned out to be 10, 20, and now a 30-person affair. David now hosts dinners at a few rented locations in the Mission District roughly twice every 2-3 weeks, and his menu an ever evolving and changing one where every single ingredient is homemade, from the blinis down to the hoisin sauce (and yes, David’s food draws inspiration from all over the world, so expect to see kimchi and kaffir lime on the menu). Having been voted best underground restaurant in San Francisco recently David’s given up on his legal career and realigned his goals – to open his own "above-ground" restaurant.
If I have the money, I'd happily be his investor.
Sungold Tomatoes: sun-dried and sauteed, with beef sirloin, padron peppers, Thai basil, aioli (NOTE here how the emphasis is on the tomatoes and not the beef sirloin - it was truly the most amazing tomatoes I have ever had in my life it makes me salivate just thinking about them now... at once juicy, succulent and bursting with flavours)
So what's the underground restaurant called? Barzelay's namesake, Lazy Bear!
Please visit Lazy Bear's website to check for latest dinner openings.