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Quince or La Folie? [ San Francisco ]

they're pretty different.

quince is more minimalist, more northern california, more italian, and has much more of a corporate-feel.

i think the food is better at quince, but the style of the food and the atmosphere are so different i think it depends more on which style you prefer.

la folie to me feels lively and extravagant. quince feels more careful and reserved. and more expensive.

Apr 14, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Chowdown at San Wang, 3/29/2014 [Japantown, San Francisco]

thanks for the shout out!

i'll definitely try to make more of these -- great to meet some fellow members of the boards!

Apr 08, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Is it true that SF restaurants barely make profits?

re: boulevard; do you mean for lunch or dinner?

lunch definitely seems to be business lunches. perhaps the same for dinner.

If by "pacific heights types" you mean "rich white people", I would think too many of them have private chefs than to make up a significant part of the demographic of a restaurant.

Apr 07, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Is it true that SF restaurants barely make profits?

people with extra money sometimes accept lower risk-adjusted expected returns if it is something they are interested in / passionate about.

Apr 01, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area
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Is it true that SF restaurants barely make profits?

this whole sub-thread is conflating PM and ROI. didn't mean to single out just you.

comparing a restaurant's profit margin of 5% to an investment return of 5% doesn't make any sense.

Apr 01, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Is it true that SF restaurants barely make profits?

>> Maybe I should be writing some scathing articles for the
>> NY Times about the blatant display of wealth inequality
>> inherent in the USA's food and restaurant business.

you should. It will be probably be dismissed as either common sense, or unnecessarily restrictive to talk about the "USA food and restaurant business" instead of "all human culture across all time". But you'll learn something in the attempt.

Mar 31, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area
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Is it true that SF restaurants barely make profits?

>> It's hard for me to believe that an entire industry is run by
>> trust-fund kids, and there is almost no profit in it.

people with extra money and trust fund kids are not the same thing.

>> How does that happen in a capitalist country? It flies in
>> the face of every economic theory of which I know...

Because people like the industry, so just being in it provides a type of hidden compensation.

Mar 31, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area
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Is it true that SF restaurants barely make profits?

profit margin and return on assets are two completely different things.

Mar 31, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Chowdown at San Wang, 3/29/2014 [Japantown, San Francisco]

dishes listed in order from favorite to least favorite, mostly comparing with san tung:

Shrimp with hot pepper sauce
nice and spicy, lots of very good diced vegetables

Dry-fried chicken
I like these chicken wings a lot more than the version at san tung.

Sautéed pea sprouts
perhaps the best chinese vegetables i've had in the bay area.

San wang soup noodles
a great noodle soup. broth was nice, noodles were nice. significantly better than a similar dish at san tung.

Fresh mussel
good

Beef with jalapeño pepper
good, though i prefer the restaurant's beef with broccoli.

Noodles with plum sauce (aka za jiang mian)
okay, but signifcantly better at san tung.

Water dumpling
pretty flavorless. nowhere near the level san tung of kingdom of dumpling.

Overally, I really like this place, and eat here every couple of months. In my experience, I prefer their "regular dishes" like we had on this visit to their whole crab, whole fish, etc.

The biggest drawback is their corkage fee of $25, which is really high for a chinese restaurant.

Mar 31, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Too Much Kaiseki (in Kyoto)?

go for it. and if you don't like it, don't repeat. and report back!

Mar 20, 2014
Dustin_E in Japan

Walkable in the Marina? [San Francisco]

a16
brazen head
cafe de amis

Mar 20, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Best place to buy lox in Bay Area?

swan's oyster depot?

Mar 14, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Molecular Gastronomy Restaurants deserving of Time and Money?

Commis is definitely your best bet for kinda budget-friendly kinda molecular gastronomy.

But honestly, if money is tight, and you don't care enough to travel to chicago, you might just skip it and use the time and appetite to explore other interesting more casual options in the area.

fwiw i've been to almost all of the "molecular gastronomy" places in the bay area, multiple times.

Mar 14, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Bangkok - Chinatown Street Eats along Thanon Yaowarat

finding all your posts on india + se asia extremely useful, klyeoh. thanks!

>> Bangkok’s Top 50 Street Food Stalls by Chawadee Nualkhair

any chance you know a good place to pick this book up? even used copies go for > $75usd on amazon (and don't ship fast enough for my needs...)

edit:

lots of answers on where to find it on the author's web site: http://bangkokglutton.com/bkk-top-50/

but basically:

"once you get into Thailand, you can get a copy of the book at the airport or Asiabooks, most reliably the one in Emporium."

the newer version of the book (at normal prices) comes out in october 2014.

Feb 09, 2014
Dustin_E in China & Southeast Asia

Why cooks are leaving SF?

i guess i see not-commuting as a luxury not everyone can afford.

of course, ideally, everyone would walk to work and income disparity would be modest.

but in a place with crazy-expensive real estate, workers commuting in from less expensive areas seems inevitable.

Dec 30, 2013
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Why cooks are leaving SF?

>> "so workers can live in the same city"

why is this important? what's the problem with "workers" commuting?

Dec 30, 2013
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

boeuf bourguignon recommendations?

they serve a version in the bar/lounge of keiko's a nob hill. i thought it was good, but i don't know this dish well.

Dec 11, 2013
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Fresh goose in Bay Area?

i've also been wanting to try this.

do any sf restaurants serve goose in a style similar to what one would cook for the holidays?

or, in a nushell, could someone provide a description of what makes goose meat desirable, compared to other poultry?

i've only had goose in hong kong. thanks.

Dec 03, 2013
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Great breads you've had in restaurants

manresa's bread is almost definitely the best.

i also like the bread basket served at farina.

cotogna's foccacia is also excellent.

Dec 03, 2013
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Typical American Thanksgiving meal: All show, no substance.

thanksgiving meals are rarely in need of more starch -- a couple interesting salads might be better choices of dishes to make yourself and bring.

Dec 02, 2013
Dustin_E in Home Cooking

game meat in portland or salem?

awesome, thanks.

would you say these are also the two best places to get foie gras and/or mushrooms / truffles?

or is there a better source for these?

Nov 27, 2013
Dustin_E in Metro Portland

game meat in portland or salem?

anyone have suggestions on where to potentially buy some?

i'm visiting family this long weekend and would like to do some cooking.

Nov 27, 2013
Dustin_E in Metro Portland

Akiko sushi vs. Ino recommendations please [San Francisco]

>> Even being a regular didn't garner better service or treatment.

I agree with this point. I don't think being a regular changes how he treats people at all.

Nov 25, 2013
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Vegetarian friendly birthday dinner - Atelier, Coi, Benu? [San Francisco]

at atelier crenn, a friend of mine i was dining with had the vegetarian menu while i and the rest of the table had the regular menu. i thought his vegetarian menu looked pretty impressive.

Nov 22, 2013
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to get great pasta in SF on short notice?

farina

Nov 21, 2013
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area
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Akiko sushi vs. Ino recommendations please [San Francisco]

i think akiko's is your best bet if you're serious about sushi and don't want to risk it with ino.

kiss is more kaiseki than sushi.

sushi aka tombo just isn't at the same level as ino or akiko's.

that said, i've never had a problem with ino, and have been probably >30 times.

Nov 21, 2013
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Mapo Doufu - SF Dish of the Month November 2013

tried the version at spices II tonight (along with some tan tan noodles and green onion pancake).

very solid, though i prefer the version at z&y. the meat here seemed more well done, and didn't complement the tofu as well imho.

onion pancake was better than the most recent one i had at z&y -- but i prefer z&y when this dish comes out right.

tan tan noodles are about the same level. maybe i prefer those spices II by a little bit.

but overall, a very solid alternative to z&y for me.

Nov 19, 2013
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

White truffle fix?

sounds like you are asking for restaurants, but i've also seen them at the mushroom store in the ferry building. iirc $250/oz or ~$100 for a little ball of it.

Nov 19, 2013
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

White truffle fix?

stopped by Farina a few weeks ago to try some of their truffle dishes:

raw veal with white truffle

the raw veal was great. the truffles were good. the salad underneath was definitely nothing special.

tajarin with white truffle

i had this dish a couple years ago at brunch, and it was an all-time favorite. this time the pasta seemed less "perfect" and the truffles were barely noticeable.

bison ribeye - just alright

tried a couple italian wines by the glass -- fine, but their selection seemed pretty limited.

when they were out of the fancy grappa listed on their menu, they comped me a glass they thought would be similar.

this was a pretty disappointing farina meal. i'll return, but probably only for various pasta dishes on occasion. i've had too many disappointments with their meat / steak main courses (veal, lamb, bison, venison), even though they always sound so interesting.

Nov 19, 2013
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Mapo Doufu - SF Dish of the Month November 2013

Any suggestion where to get this stuff? Ranch 99?

Nov 15, 2013
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area