I think I have a new favorite restaurant in San Francisco. I had lunch at Yamo yesterday, which was fine, but lunch today was completely different and much better.
Larkin Express Deli is much bigger and nicer than I had imagined it to be, which was a nice surprise. The owner was extremely nice and helpful....I told him I had read about the place on Chowhound, and he was excited to hear that and told me all about the different Burmese options. I was deciding between the fish noodle soup and the coconut noodle soup, and eventually chose the fish.
After I had ordered, the owner came by and asked if I also wanted a small bowl of the coconut chicken noodle soup. I said yes!
I waited about 4 minutes before he came out carrying my tray of soups. The fish soup was really amazing. I'm not too familiar with Burmese food, so I aplogize if I don't describe it very well. The brown broth contained ground fish, but the flavor was not overpoweringly fishy. The broth was slightly spicy and really tasty. The soup was topped with crunchy fried lentils, fried garlic and cilantro.
The coconut soup was very different and creamy. It wasn't very spicy, but had a nice flavor that made the coocnut not too overpowering. It had thick egg noodles, pieces of dark meat chicken, and a nice drizzle of spicy oil. I didn't get any lentils on top of mine (it was just a taste) but I saw that this normally does come with all the toppings that I had on my big soup (the next table had this soup)
It's really hard to say which soup I liked better; they were both good and I really liked them. I am eager to return to try some of the steam table items, especially the various curries. Many people were eating lunches of rice w/ several small plates of different items.
Prices are extremely reasonable. I also saw a great looking sandwich (they have tons of things at this place besides Burmese food). I will probably go back next week (if not sooner). If you are ever anywhere nearby, you should check this place out. It's finding places like this that make this website so valuable.
Thanks everyone for this recommendation!
Here's a link to an earlier post about Larkin Express Deli.