ABOUT

KAIS BOUZIDI  |  PROPRIETOR

Born and raised in Paris, France, Kais Bouzidi grew up in a family of restaurateurs and began his career in the restaurant industry at the age of 14.  After spending his formative years learning the inner workings of the family business from his father, Bouzidi moved from Paris to San Francisco at the age of 21.  Bouzidi’s drive and ambition allowed him to realize the possibility of running his own restaurant in 2006 – he studied the San Francisco market, the location and the local food culture extensively, building the concept of what would ultimately become Sens Restaurant in October of 2007.  Having traveled throughout Southern Europe and Northern Africa, Bouzidi was inspired by the flavors and cultures of Mediterranean countries and cuisines. Born to a French mother and Tunisian father, Bouzidi brings the same blending of cultural influences to the menu and ambiance at Sens. With its wildly popular happy hour, seasonal Mediterranean fare, and gorgeous patio spaces with breathtaking views, Bouzidi has successfully established Sens as a dining destination on the Embarcadero.

Looking to establish a second location with a similar atmosphere and menu, but with a modern twist, Bouzidi has successfully launched his newest restaurant concept, Barcha, in the 425 Market Street Building and located at 28 Freemont. Having the perfect location to satisfy corporate clientele as well as locals and tourists alike, this Mediterranean bistro with Parisian influences offers delicious fair and a chic, yet welcoming “smart casual” ambiance. 

 

MICHEL ADAMS  |  EXECUTIVE CHEF

With over 20 years of culinary experience, Executive Chef Michel Adams is well versed in a wide variety of cuisines with special emphasis on French, Italian, and Mediterranean dishes. Since he began at Sens in 2011, he has been responsible for the transformation and reinvigoration of the menu, contributing to the success of this favorite Embarcadero establishment. His formative years in the culinary realm began as a pastry chef, where his experience led him to partner a French Brasserie in Berkeley, and then working at number of influential dining destinations throughout the Bay Area. His strengths include using unique and rare spice combinations to create dishes that are delicate, yet rich in flavor, making him a valuable asset to the Sens and Barcha teams. Adams serves in the Executive Chef role at both the Embarcadero’s Sens Restaurant and the team’s newest venture, Barcha in the 425 Market Street Building and at 28 Freemont, offering fresh, satisfying Mediterranean dishes for lunch, happy hour, and dinner.

 

PETER STEINER  |  BEVERAGE DIRECTOR

With ample experience as a sommelier and wine buyer with European restaurant and formal wine education background, Beverage Director Peter Steiner brings a wide range of knowledge, specifically with culinary-minded selections of wines and spirits. His impressive resume showcases experience from domineering dining locations such as Chez Panisse, Masque Ristorante, Contronelle, and Rivoli Restaurant & Trattoria Corso in the Bay Area. With a Diploma of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in Austria, Steiner contributes his extensive food and wine knowledge in his role as Beverage Director at Sens Restaurant and newly opened Barcha.

Steiner offers a unique combination of creativity, knowledge and passion combined with the skills to apply his experience to a wide range of restaurant backgrounds and is appreciated for his varied knowledge at both locations.