I stopped by the Thai place on the corner of Commercial and Leidesdorff at lunch today. (These are the little alleys between Sansome and Montgomery, Sacramento and Clay.) It's in the pretty little building in the shadow of the Transamerica Pyramid.
There was a new (and garish) sign with the name "7 Pleasures" and a handwritten sign saying "Still Thai food." Much to my surprise, the menu also had a number of things labelled "Russian favorite," "Greek favorite", "Italian favorite" and "French Favorite."
A general rule of the universe is that if life offers you pelmenyi in a Thai restaurant, you ought to take it. And so I did. Much to my surprise, the dish was terrific - a bowl of perfect little dumplings with fresh dill and a side dish of sour cream for $5.95. I don't think I've often had a better version - even without adding points for the context.
It was a lot of pelmenyi for one person. Next time I'll go with someone else and share the pelmenyi and something else. The Russian offerings include Borscht, Vareniki of various kinds and three varieties of blintzes (including caviar for $7.95.) Russian seems to be the strong suit, since the "Italian favorite" is panini. (Smoked salmon and avocado not seeming particularly Italian to me.)
I'd love to hear what others think. They were relatively full at 1:00, but it was too cold for the outdoor seating area, so they were actually at about half capacity.
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