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Butterfly Embacadero

Wendy Lai | Jul 6, 2003 10:02 PM

Butterfly Embacadero (formerly Lapis, former formerly Samos) opend for business on 4th of July. Husband and I went for dinner. The menu is pretty much same as the Mission location; Asian inspired flavors.
We called last minute to look for a reservation and was told they are completely booked, but can accommodate us at 6pm, if we will reliquish the table by 7:45. We took the reservation and found the time to be enough.
We decided on ordering four appetizers to share between us, instead of the usual three course. We had the 1/2 dozen oyster which included an oyster bloody Mary shooter, fried calamari, steamed mussles and clams in a spicy lemon grass broth, and duck confit spring rolls. Definite winners were the fried calamari and the spring rolls. The coating of the calamari was super crunchy without any touch of grease. A spicy remoulade drizzled over the entire dish really sets off the taste. The duck confit spring rolls were a good combination of shredded duck and vegetables in a nice golden wrapper. The sweet and spicy Chinese mustard sauce was what made this dish special. I liked the steamed shellfish, while my husband found it to be too fishy.
Service was attentive. We didn't order any desserts or wine. But my husband did order a couple of bottle of Chimay, a Belgian dark beer that is served in a wine glass to help capture its nose.
There was and will be live music nightly.
Overall the price was reasonable. For the four appetizers and two Chimays the tab was around $55.

The waiter told us that the original Butterfly in the Mission is being remodeled. And when it reopens, it'll be called Butterfly Mission, while this new one will be called Butterfly Embacadero. The Mission location will head torwards a more Vietnamese flavor while the Embacadero stay with its fusion, general Asian blends.

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