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the talk From top, clockwise: Filmmaker Sven kamm; kamm with Xiou Jun Wang, a Shaolin warrior in kamm’s movie; kamm in recovery after the heart surgery that temporarily stopped production; Ji long Jiang practices on set. FilM reStaurantS The omnivore’s other dilemma if you’re finally in the mood to go out again after the long holiday season, better cultivate some patience. Getting into the good restaurants has always been hard around here, but as fine dining has become more casual, more people can afford it, which means it’s like waiting for Godot. we polled the following places to see how long it would take for four people to get a res-ervation for a saturday night between 7 and 8:30 —and how long they could expect to wait in line during peak hours on any day at restaurants that don’t let you reserve. One bright spot for those in the latter category: the new web app waitaway allows hosts to send text messages to guests when their table is ready, so they can browse the shops nearby instead of freezing out-side on the sidewalk. n CASSAnDrA FeliCiAnO THe WAiT in WeekS FOr A SATUrDAy niGHT reSerVATiOn restaurant gary danko 9 frances 8 The Shaolin must go on After 20 years of piling up editing and directing awards in Los Angeles, Sven Kamm has decided to return to his native San Francisco this month to debut his first feature film. Of course, he wants to celebrate with family and friends, but perhaps he’s also trying to get some hometown luck on his side—in more ways than one. It all began in 2008 when Kamm set out to make a film about L.A.’s kung fu–fighting monks, who live in the city’s fading Chinatown. After Bruce Lee’s mysterious death, the myth arose that anyone who reveals the secrets of kung fu will be cursed. And indeed, the producer lost his money in the stock mar-ket, Kamm nearly died of an aortic aneurysm, and the crew quit . Rather than concede defeat, though, Kamm turned his failure into Curse of the Shaolin , a comic documentary that tells the saga of his efforts to complete the film after receiving a mechanical heart valve. Along the way, we learn about the monks– cum–kung fu masters in the Shaolin temple (curse be damned!) and what hap-pens when holiness bumps up against the powers of Hollywood. Kamm’s Curse won the Sierra Nevada Award at the Mountain Film Festival in Mammoth and opens at the Roxie on February 29 (not to worry: Leap year’s only unlucky in Greece and Scotland). Kamm is hoping that his luck will hold—or that he’ll at least be near family should the curse strike again. Our advice: Attend, but steer clear of the director. n nAnCy krieGer Feb. 29, rOxie theater, 3117 16th St., S.F., curSeOFtheShaOlin.cOM spruce 5 saison 5 coi 4 cotogna 4 chez panisse restaurant 4 Quince 4 flour + water 4 Benu 4 delfina 4 locanda 3 coMMis 3 Baker & Banker 3 THe pOSSiBle WAiT in HOUrS AT plACeS THAT DOn’T reSerVe c o u rte sy o f sve n ka M M san francisco February 2012 Mission chinese 1 Brenda’s french soul food 1.5 hawker fare 1.5 noJo 1.5 nopali TO 2 42

Restaurants

The omnivore’s other dilemma

If you’re finally in the mood to go out again after the long holiday season, better cultivate some patience. Getting into the good restaurants has always been hard around here, but as fine dining has become more casual, more people can afford it, which means it’s like waiting for Godot.

We polled the following places to see how long it would take for four people to get a reservation for a saturday night between 7 and 8:30—and how long they could expect to wait in line during peak hours on any day at restaurants that don’t let you reserve. One bright spot for those in the latter category: the new web app waitaway allows hosts to send text messages to guests when their table is ready, so they can browse the shops nearby instead of freezing outside on the sidewalk. N CASSAnDrA FeliCiAnO

Read the full article at http://digital.modernluxury.com/article/Restaurants/946514/96611/article.html.

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