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Sashimi in St. Louis + lunch recommendation

FriendOfTheDevil, tonifi, and others re the Sashimi Grade fish, sorry i'm just responding now. My settings don't yet relay the messages to me. I didn't make it to Bob's primarily because it is far from the city center. On first glance at the page, I imagined that I would not be able to pick up a small tray with a block of ready to go Hamachi on it. However, I will call them before going to the city again and see what is possible. Certainly the business in general looks good and I trust your opinions on its quality so if I don't turn up a different place where I can buy that grade then I'll go to Bob's and get fish that I will serve cooked such as crab, shrimp, and eel.

Jan 19, 2012
Jalle in Great Plains

Sashimi in St. Louis + lunch recommendation

Interesting. I'll definitely give Pi a try, Wayno. BTW, I've read the reviews of "St. Louis-style pizza" and I've decided to stay away from it. Te he.

Jan 11, 2012
Jalle in Great Plains

Sashimi in St. Louis + lunch recommendation

Thanks for the continued recommendations everyone. I'm going to make a reservation for Farmhouse well in advance for any future visit. I drove by Pi and was curious. Good to hear that it is so highly ranked.

As far as Vietnamese goes, I've only been to two: Pho Grand, and Bahn Mi So 1. My husband and I were unimpressed with the pho at Pho Grand and especially disappointed with the other dishes. Bahn Mi So was disappointing not only because of the sole pho option but the summer rolls, and other issues like an overly simplistic dish. We will continue to be on the lookout for other Vietnamese here on the lists! Thanks:)

p.s. back when we were living in SF just two blocks away from Little Saigon, we would frequent an amazing Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup place called Turtle Tower. One day, I asked if they would provide me with some bean thread, basil, and pepper to accompany my soup and they snapped "No" at me. It took three tries until I got an explanation that they were Northern Vietnamese and that those condiments aren't traditional. Considering how long and therefore environmentally diverse the country is, it stands to reason that there would be a lot of culinary difference.

Jan 10, 2012
Jalle in Great Plains

Sashimi in St. Louis + lunch recommendation

Thanks lemons for the referrals. We went to Everest for dinner and Bahn Mi So 1 for lunch. Everest was perfect! I had a simple dish with tofu, green been and squash in a Nepalese tomato-based sauce. I was really impressed with the flavor complexity and balance. The Sauvignon was lovely as well. Bahn Mi So 1 didn't knock our socks off. I thought the dry vermicelli was good but my husband was disappointed that they only offered only one pho on the menu. Our friend got a dish that looked like a pile of sliced beef on rice (the exact same beef that was on my vermicelli) and nothing else to compliment it. Overall I still think this is the best Vietnamese I've had so far in the region but we're going to continue to be on the lookout for restaurants that offer more complexity. Next trip we are definitely going to hit Farmhaus. We thought about going but assumed that we had waited to late (midday Friday) to get a reservation for that evening. Cheers!

Jan 08, 2012
Jalle in Great Plains

Sashimi in St. Louis + lunch recommendation

I'm traveling up from Southern Illinois to St. Louis tomorrow and am hoping to find a store that carries sashimi-grade fish to bring back home. I'm originally from San Francisco where generally this grade of fish is available only in markets that are strictly Japanese. Is this a long shot for St. Louis?

Also, my husband and friend and I will want a nice lunch or brunch place that offers fresh and inventive food at an affordable price or alternately, a good ethnic restaurant like Indian or Ethiopian. Based on what I've read here I'm thinking Banh Mi so 1, Rooster, or Everest Cafe. We won't be too restricted by geography but will want wherever we go to be within city limits.

Any thoughts or recommendations?

Thanks!

Jan 05, 2012
Jalle in Great Plains

Indian Sweets in San Francisco

I was wondering if anyone knows of a place to find Indian sweets in SF. I'm going to a dinner party tonight and want to bring some, so I don't need a huge selection, just a few types. I know of Vic's in the East Bay, but on public transportation, don't want to have to make the effort of bart + buses + walking, ect.

Thanks,
Jessica

Jul 15, 2007
Jalle in San Francisco Bay Area