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nice dinner at (415) restaurant in SF


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nice dinner at (415) restaurant in SF

Joel | | Aug 25, 2006 02:16 AM

We had a very nice dinner at (415) restaurant in SF.

Four of us walked in promptly for our 7 PM reservation on a Monday night and were seated immediately at a comfortable banquette. The place was mostly filled, so a reservation seems helpful. It might be noisy near the bar or in the tables in the middle of the room.

The service was excellent. We brought a full bottle and a half bottle of wine, and they provided the appropriate glassware. We opened and poured the wine ourselves (as we prefer) and they charged us only one corkage fee ($20). They have a nice wine list, I think, and an extensive sake list.

We eschewed the sushi and sashimi items, and ordered mostly "tapas" and "sides".

We had two chicken satay skewers ($3 each) and 2 salmon skewers ($4 each). Each skewer had several large chunks, perfectly cooked, with delicious sauces.
We had the Shanghai Bread ($9). This was a large circle of fried onion pancake, very crispy and flaky (but also oily). I'm glad we split it four ways. It came with an eggplant dipping sauce, really a thin soy-based sauce with bits of eggplant in it. This was not my favorite dish and I would not order it again.
The Cinnamon Chicken ($12) was a generous portion of boneless succulent dark meat chicken, stir-fried, in a slightly sweet cinnamon sauce.
Fried Rice ($5) was white rice with diced raw apple and wild mushrooms. Very tasty, not at all greasy.
Green Beans ($5) were dry-fried, with a black bean sauce.
Bok Choy ($5) was in a garlic sauce.
All the food was very tasty and well prepared, and was well-paced -- it came out one dish at a time. They gave us a change of plates mid-way, although there were no bones or shells to clean up!
This was plenty for us (one of us was a light eater). We skipped dessert.
If you are doing your arithmetic you can figure out that it cost $76 for four, after tax, including the corkage fee, but before tip.

The name of the restaurant (415) -- the parentheses are part of the name -- comes from the address:
415 Presidio (at California)


previous Chowhound mentions, although with with pointless digressions: [with a pointless digression on whether eel is kosher
] [with a pointless digression about the deli next door]