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Asian Fusion SF Mid-Priced and "Hip" Riddle

rockridgechow | Jan 2, 2008 03:01 PM

Hi all. I try not to be a bother and post as little as possible but I couldn't get what I need from searching the archives so today I need your help. I am hosting a dear friend who has lived over seas for years and who always, with each visit, likes to work in some SF eats. I am sadly "behind" on the SF scene and having trouble landing a spot for tonight. She is pretty particular. She is looking for asian fusion but not sushi, and not too expensive (I had her look up Ame and Azie and Bushi-Tei and all were too expensive). Plus, she'd like it to be a pretty happening destination since she enjoys that SF energy and generally lives in boring places (although right now she lives in Beirut which is pretty happening but it's a different scene as I am sure many of you know). On past trips we have always gone to Slanted Door. Initially, when we were planning her visit she said she's sick of it but of course now that we are in a fix she'd gladly go but of course it's too late to get a reservation. And I detest the competition of lurking behind people eating at the bar, jockeying against fellow food lovers to get a seat without a rezzie. We did that one year and I swore never again. Any ideas? (or maybe the bar at slanted door is less crowded now that people are tiring of it??) She isn't hung up on having authentic food and she actually cares about atmosphere and vibe (I'd otherwise do maybe Vietnamese in the tenderloin or indian somewhere). To get us below that Ame pricepoint I'd say "House" but she declined because we've been there before and apparently she didn't love it (I still love house). My fallback is to convince her to go for vibe and pricepoint and abandon the asian influence thing because really nearly everything around here has some asian influence. In this spirit, I decided to just give up and make a reservation at Canteen but apparently they are closed. So I decied to post. She loves Zuni and I might just play the Zuni card but I know it's more than she wants to spend. What to do? Thanks in advance for any help

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