Besharam is chef Heena Patel's first restaurant. Roughly translated to mean “shameless,” Besharam features Heena’s bold interpretations of the flavors and dishes that were prevalent throughout her childhood in India, refined and reimagined for California.
While Heena cultivated her distinct style over five years at La Cocina, a culinary incubator in San Francisco which provides resources to entrepreneurs with an emphasis on working class women and immigrant communities, her food reflects her extensive travels and experiences living around the world. At La Cocina, Heena’s soulful dishes, unmistakably hers, won the hearts of area chefs and luminaries such as Traci Des Jardins of Jardiniere, and Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski of State Bird Provisions and The Progress, all of whom hosted pop-ups with her.
Cocktails and wine pairings from Heena’s husband, Paresh, and Alta Group beverage director Aaron Paul complement the transportive nature of the cuisine. Nestled between Minnesota Street Project’s vibrant art galleries, the restaurant features an expansive, pop-art mural and cheeky plateware with satirical quotes designed by HateCopy’s Maria Qamar, mirroring Heena’s bold approach to Gujarati cuisine.
Besharam is the second collaboration between Daniel Patterson’s Alta Group and La Cocina graduates, and Patterson’s second collaboration with the Minnesota Street Project. Together, they have created an environment that celebrates inclusivity and innovation in craft, welcoming guests, gallery visitors and neighbors from the burgeoning neighborhood. As with all Alta Group restaurants, Besharam works closely with Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) United, an advocacy group committed to addressing racial equity and encouraging diversity in the industry.
all gratuities are pooled to provide all our team members a fair and equitable wage. 5% will be added to every check for employee benefits