Tartine Bakery, San Francisco, CA
Buckhorn Grill, Westfield Shopping Mall, San Francisco, CA
Source, San Francisco, CA
Source served very good vegetarian and vegan dishes but it is a place you can’t truly appreciate unless you are a real herbivore.
I came here mainly for the brick oven pizza that I have heard great things about. I was not disappointed. The pie crust has good texture. It was neither too fluffy nor too crispy. I love how it was bouncy yet still able to hold up the toppings. The toppings were all quite fresh and tasty. I could use a bit more garlic on the grille veggie pie but that is just a personal preference.
The appetizer and entree I tried were average at best. The plum sauce for the spring roll was too sweet. The green curry has plenty spice but still lacked some dimension. I almost felt like I need extra salt in there. The trumpet mushrooms ‘scallops’ were one of the more juicy ones I had.
Food was bad but I still miss the meat…. a lot.
Leland Tea Company, San Francisco, CA
Cozy casual tea room with a decent selection of tea. Leland is one of the least sophisticated and least feminine tea rooms I have seen. No floral tea pots nor pink decor anywhere to be found. If you are looking for a ‘high tea’ shoppe for your next girls get-together this is probably not the place.
Service was friendly in spite a bit slow at times when there was only one staff working. The tea was fine but the pastries were a bit disappointing. Scones was rather dry. Sandwiches were mostly simple varieties. Portion is relatively big for afternoon tea.
Leland is a good alternative to coffee shops if you are in the area but not really worthy of a detour.
Slider’s Diner, San Francisco, CA
Skool, San Francisco, CA
Palace Hotel High Tea, San Francisco, CA
Garden Court is a popular destination for ladies and their afternoon tea gatherings. The magnificent dining room with the opulent high glass ceiling and elegant chandeliers is sure to impress any visitors.
Afternoon tea starts at $47 a person and includes a pot of tea of your choice, the usual tea sandwiches, pastries and scones. You have the options to include sparkling wine or champagne for a little extra.
Food was decent but not exceptional. Tea sandwiches are pre-made and the selection is quite ordinary. Most of the pastries were made on the sweeter side and are best paired with stronger black teas. Don’t make the same mistake I do and order a pot of Pai Mu Tau white tea. The best of all were the homemade scones. The texture is soft, bouncy and moist. Every bite tasted divine with the rose pedal jam. Sadly, they do not allow substitute on any of the food items.
Service was less than attentive on the Saturday I went. It is true that food were brought out quickly, empty plates were cleared promptly (although sometimes not in the most classy fashion) and our glasses were always topped off. Our server, unfortunately, was rather hard to locate and rarely came to check up on us.
The overall experience seemed a bit cookie cutter and impersonal. Everything seemed fancy enough but just a bit shy of being truly luxurious.
I will probably still come back just for their amazing scones.
Nombe, San Francisco, CA
Very disappointing meal I must say. Their ‘kaiseki’ dinner is nothing more than a gimmicky multi-course meal. Not a real Japanese kaiseki in any aspects. Service was terrible. We had to constantly remind the waitstaff of dishes that were missing from our orders. Half way through the meal we waited over an hour for the next course. No apologies nor explanations given. When food finally arrived we realized they actually missed one course completely and had to bring out the missing dishes together with our desserts.
The mediocre food certainly didn’t help the experience. Their ramen burger is one innovative attempt that failed terribly. The ramen noodle ‘bun’ was soggy after soaking up all the grease. The texture was awful. Their ramen was very average and nothing to be excited about.
Ramen and burger for a ‘kaiseki’ meal. Yup.
Perhaps their izakaya is a better bet. Courses meal just wasn’t done right at Nombe.
Fillmore Bakeshop, San Francisco, CA
Benkyodo, Japantown, San Francisco,CA
Little street bites from various food trunk at J-Pop Summit Festival.
We Sushi lobster roll and yakitori. Onigilly spicy shrimp onigiri. JapaCurry chicken katsu curry.
Andersen Cafe, Japantown, San Francisco