Brian Fernando

Brian Fernando

San Francisco

About Brian Fernando

Brian Fernando is the chef/co-owner of 1601 Bar & Kitchen. He refers to his technique-driven interpretations of Sri Lankan cuisine as ‘contemporary Sri Lankan’ and offers a menu of colorful, vibrant and thoughtful explorations of his personal heritage.


  • Bib Gourmand
    Michelin Guide
  • Key Newcomer
    Zagat Survey
  • ChefsFeed Winner
    One of the Best Things to Eat in SF

Where I Go Out

At My Venues

Poached Portuguese octopus
$$, Modern, Breakfast, Tapas, Sri Lankan, South Of Market
"This is a tender poached octopus salad with spice heaven—you have got to try this dish. It also comes with a smoked lime gelée, iced heirloom tomato chutney, and amaranth."