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Maruya on 16th, best sushi in SF?

Did they have an ala carte option when you went last night? Stopped in last week and the only menu we were shown at the door was for two set menus. Decided to go elsewhere as we weren't that hungry.

about 1 hour ago
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Porcellino [San Francisco]

Went tonight. The porchetta was good, nice crisp skin, moist inside. The porchetta large plate is made for sharing with three slices and a acidic salad. I took one slice home.

They also have very good shortbread style cookies.

We also tried the Tuna conserva which was good for the pescatarian but I will the egg was more runny.

The space looks much the same. The market space is pretty small with most still being the dining area. Everything was under $16 and there were options for vegetarians too.

2 days ago
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Startup Sells "Prime" Reservations (Table8)

I would not try to bribe a host but a simple phone call especially to a place you frequent often or whom you've made an effort to get to know the GM, head of servers can go a long way to getting an open table. Calling even a hour before and giving them my number if they have a cancellation has led to many a happy meal.

Apr 15, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Startup Sells "Prime" Reservations (Table8)

And that's why some of us don't fly certain airlines. Restaurants should choose to emulate airline policies at their own peril.

Apr 15, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area
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Nopa or perbacco [San Francisco]

Perbacco but Nopa is more popular.

Apr 15, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Startup Sells "Prime" Reservations (Table8)

have you looked at the list? Most of these places aren't currently the most in demand places at all. I could get a table at any of them for this weekend or for tonight. I personally like Farallon and Fleur De Lys but it's been years since either was considered cool or must go places.

Here's Table8's current stable of SF restaurants:

Acquerello
Aziza
Boulevard
Central Kitchen
Farallon
Fleur De Lys
Hard Water
La Folie
Roka Akor
Slanted Door
Spruce
Waterbar

Apr 15, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Startup Sells "Prime" Reservations (Table8)

This is so gauche The restaurants listed aren't even that in demand. I'd rather just contact a restaurant directly for a last minute reservation or plan ahead. Maybe if it was a really in demand place and I had a client that really wanted to go to a place I'd use it for them but for me personally just like I wouldn't use a bot to get a reservation, I wouldn't pay extra to get a table. I know it's not that different than a publicist calling a GM to get a table but it is really needed?

I am sure the same folks that are paying 4500 for a 1 bed near the Tenderloin will use it.

Apr 15, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area
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Atelier Crenn , a truly magical experience [San Francisco]

4 months is too far in advance for Open Table. Just call them and I am sure there will be no issue unless it's closed for holiday. There are almost always tables available a couple of weeks in advance. I've gotten same day reservations there too.

Apr 08, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Mussels

I like all four preparations of mussels at Chez Maman on Potrero Hill.

Apr 06, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Why Alta CA Is the Zuni Café of Right Now

or perhaps you weren't as anonymous as you think. I know the difference between a close up and a chef making a larger presentation plate for a pro-reviewer. Sad that they do it and that reviewers let them get away with it. then the average joe customer is left wondering what the fuss is when they get a mini-portion.

Apr 01, 2014
tjinsf in Features

Is it true that SF restaurants barely make profits?

Restaurants aren't exactly big money makers unless you are making money in some tie-ins or already have reputation. I can understand why chefs do the publicity and the F&W circuits. SF restaurants do as good as in any large cities. High rents and higher costs of business are off-set by higher prices and a population that eats out more often and at a higher price point than even other metro areas.

Also it depends on who's money you are spending and if you have financial backers and how hands off they will be. Twitter folks invested in Alta CA, Lazy Bear's new place has an assortment of backers, Radius got an assortment of tech folks including former Yahoo people as funders.

Mar 28, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Torc in Napa

I went a few weeks ago. I found the portions on the small size too (although fine for my appetite) but fine if you are eating multi-course or have been eating and drink the rest of the day. The menu was a bit confusing to me. It was a lot of plays on dishes I've had at other restaurants around the world and most weren't as good the originals. Everything tastes fine but nothing that was exceptional to me. I probably wouldn't go back on my own.

Mar 28, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Why Alta CA Is the Zuni Café of Right Now

Have they increased the portion sizes because all the dishes shown look twice as large portions as the three times I've been there?

Mar 26, 2014
tjinsf in Features

Friday dinner near-ish the Mission or Glen Park bart [San Francisco]

Delfina is an old favorite, not to far a walk from the 16th Mission BART. I prefer it over Locanda but Locanda is good too so maybe you want to try something new and compare.

Mar 25, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Help me with my choices in SF and Napa

The dishes look similar to past dishes with simple but artistic plating.

Verbena I love because I can go there with folks with almost any dietary things and they can make dishes or already have dishes.
Here's a thread where I talked about some of the food as do others
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9301...

Mar 25, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Help me with my choices in SF and Napa

I think the dishes are getting more refined and he is experimenting more. They aren't get more complex in terms of how they are made but on focusing on only 1-2 ingredients and making it exceptional. Also now the dishes are more harmonious but that's probably because they are set from the get-go.

Mar 25, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Help me with my choices in SF and Napa

AQ with the new menu is still quite good and one of my faves. I probably spent less for the 4 course. I didn't find the 10 course to be as developed but we also had some dietary restrictions. If you haven't been before I'd stick with the 4 course.

I totally biased with your choice though since Verbena is my favorite new restaurant so far of this year in SF. I've been there way too often.

Mar 25, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Help me with my choices in SF and Napa

How did you enjoy your meal there since they changed to the new format. I found it good but I do think it's different than what it was before. You didn't find it different when you went?

Mar 25, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Kin Khao - Thai-style Thai in SF

Finally got to go for dinner. The Khun Yai’s Green Curry with Rabbit is some of the best rabbit I've had in California and the curry was really good. I want the recipe for the rabbit meatballs. I found the portion of meat to be plenty and I took half the dish home. I seriously will go back just for that even if it's 22 dollars.

We had an octopus dish that was really disappointing because the octopus was very chewy and rubbery. I hope it's not a regular dish or they work on how they cook the octopus. The French Spouse found the chili acidic sauce with it too hot for their palate but they tend to not do heat as much as I do. I found it strong but manageable.

We also had the Khao Soi with Tofu $15 which was good portion for one person. It didn't suffer at all from having a veggie broth.

We started with the Yum Kai Dao which I've always liked in all it's personal variations and this was great with lots of flavour.

I liked that the rice and sparkling and still water is free. We also got the tamarind water, 2 "thai ice teas" and one thai ice coffee. They have a developed cocktail menu and the drinks looked good as did the cool boys behind the bar.

Service for us was great. Our server knew the menu, was able to make suggestions and checked in. It's was 2/3 full but there was a large table that I think got everything on the menu and it looked so good. Pim was in the house and brought out a dish and was totally on top of her staff in a good way.

We did spend a 100 dollars something I haven't done at a Thai place in SF but have done at places in Sydney and in resorts in South East Asia.

It probably wouldn't become our regular weekly Thai place but I am going back for the rabbit and to try a few of the dishes we saw other tables having.

It's wheelchair accessible (lift on the outside corner stairs and through the lobby). Decor was modern and upscale but minimal and tasteful. Noise was loud but there were large parties and it's a social place. Lighting was excellent.

next day-I ate the rabbit and then let the curry soak into the rice (that they also gave me to take home at their suggestion) It was the best breakfast even cold.

Mar 25, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area
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Around Inverness?

We went there twice in 2013, haven't been back in 2014. Nice charming place. You can eat at the bar top without reservation or wait. there are outside table too but reservation are needed on the weekend. Both times there was a nice mix of local and tourist. The oysters are quite good of course, they both raw and cooked preparation. The Pizzas were good and locals were getting those to go. The seafood dishes were better than the meat ones but everything we had both times we liked. It is a smaller place and was full both times we were there and service is relaxed but it fits the atmosphere. Bread and butter is really good, think they make their own butter.

Mar 24, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

How is SF's 38 Essential List (Eater SF)?

Coi is quite good and above decent for sure, It's in my top 30 restaurants in the world that I've eaten at for sure. Most does not mean all, decent does not mean bad.

Mar 03, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

How is SF's 38 Essential List (Eater SF)?

I don't mean decent in a bad way. I mean that at most of the places you will be quite happy with the food and not disappointed in the quality or the taste. Not sure which top 100 you are referencing.

Mar 03, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Qui: The Good and the Meh

How easy is it to do a walk-in as a solo diner at Qui. Do you need a reservation even if you are solo?

Mar 03, 2014
tjinsf in Austin

Can't Miss Dishes (Coming from LA to SF)?

Don't really have favorite dishes and it's so influenced by personal taste but the uni flan at Skool is something I haven't had anywhere else (although I'm sure it out there). It's like comfort food made out of uni.

Mar 01, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area
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Can't Miss Dishes (Coming from LA to SF)?

or if you want the same vegetarian Dosas and idli for less money you can go one block down to Udupi Palace. You may not be able to get alcohol but the food is better and costs less and they would never serve samosa which aren't Southern Indian.

Mar 01, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Any transplants from LA to SF (or vice versa I suppose) that would enjoy a discussion of food/restaurant theory?

Or you could compare the taste of the food at Saison with AC's dishes when making a judgment. I've seen and eaten dishes with the same techniques and ingredients at both places.

Mar 01, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Any transplants from LA to SF (or vice versa I suppose) that would enjoy a discussion of food/restaurant theory?

That's funny, so many places I go they give us personal menus of the meals they've made for us when we leave and I never know what to do with them after I'm finished writing.

Mar 01, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Any transplants from LA to SF (or vice versa I suppose) that would enjoy a discussion of food/restaurant theory?

Quince and Benu as well as Coi have all been very accomodating in my experience with vegetarians and allergies. Saison has been the only one that said no for some guests and not for others and that seemed be based on factors outside of the kitchen. AC has been delightful when it's come to accommodating dietary needs.

Mar 01, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Any transplants from LA to SF (or vice versa I suppose) that would enjoy a discussion of food/restaurant theory?

That's good they changed that, I wonder if it was because they were making accommodations for some guests but not others.

Mar 01, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Any transplants from LA to SF (or vice versa I suppose) that would enjoy a discussion of food/restaurant theory?

Is it really that important to know what a dish when it's a set menu? Unless it's a food allergy or preference which AC and most place with set menus always ask about why bother knowing what is. Usually if you are that interested you can email or call the restaurant and find out what the possible ingredients are. At Eleven Madison Park the menu was just a square with one word on it for each dish but the servers were happy to tell me what they were.

Mar 01, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area