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. 

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.