We (my husband and I) are going to be visiting San Francisco in September from London. I've been a few times before, usually while working (I write about wine and food, so SF is a great jumping-off point for wine country - especially given that I'm based in London, so have to fly in from overseas). My husband has never been to California (I know - shocking omission...)
We're going to be staying just off Market Street, more or less around the Civic Centre area.
We arrive mid-afternoon, so I thought it would be great to give our jet-lagged tastebuds a bit of a jolt with some flavoursome south-east Asian food. We're thinking either Kin Khao or Slanted Door. Can anyone give me a steer towards one or the other? Or is there anywhere else kind of in our area (not keen on travelling too far on our first night) that would be even better?
I've managed to score a booking at State Bird one night, so that just leaves three dinners to book. Although I know SF does great Italian food, so does London - so I'm more keen to experience something else (ditto for French bistro cuisine).
I loved Nopa last time I was in town, and am thinking of going there again, but have also heard good things about Rich Table. Is it worth going to both? (Other contenders in this league - according to my research, anyway - are Zuni Cafe and Frances...)
And where else should I be looking given that Nopa really hit the sweet spot for me in terms of atmosphere, price, food style? Is Nopalito as good as its sister restaurant? Is there some great sushi to be had in SF?
Oh - and where would you go for casual (lightish) lunches?
Looking forward to reading your ideas!