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Chow Report-Sam Wo, Limon, Zarzuela, Ferry Building, Fishermans Wharf

Shel | Feb 14, 200608:11 AM     13

We had a couple of days in the city and a couple in wine country (i'll post that review in a seperate post.)
We make it out to SF a couple of times a year from Cleveland and enjoy the sights, the food and the wineries immensely. Thanks to all those who have written reviews or taken the time to guide out of town chowhounds to good eats!

I got into town at lunch time, so I walked from Renaissance Parc 55 to Sam Wo. I read about it here and wanted to give it a try. I was not disappointed. I had fried noodles with chicken and broccoli and spring rolls. There was a flavor in the spring roll that I really enjoyed. The noodles & broccoli were smoky and tender. I didn't even need the chicken, the broccoli was so good. Attached is a photo of my meal.

We were meeting a friend that lives in SF for dinner and this was his choice. We thought it was wonderful. There were 4 of us so we got to taste a wide variety of dishes.

Appitizers: ensalada mixta, papa a la Huancaina--the sauce on these potatoes was so good, just the right amount of kick, and Causa de Cangrejo y Camarones (Layers of aji amarillo mashed potatoes stuffed with Dungeness crab meat and shrimp topped with a huacatay )--this dish had a ton of flavor going on, the sauce complimented the crab and shirmp well.

Dinner: I had the Saltado de Pollo and thought it was good, not great. All the flavors of the appitizers had me expecting more. My husband and his co-worker had the pork chop and they both thought it was excellent. Our friend had the Arroz con Mariscos, which he lreally liked. He normally gets the pork chop, but was glad he tried something new.

Wines: With appitizers we had a tempernillo from the list & with dinner we brought a bottle of '03 Carneros Creek Grail Pinot. Both complimented the flavors well. Dessert wine:Ridge Geyserville.

Dessert: Chocolate Bandido. I wasn't wow'ed by this dessert. Probably should have tried the flan or the bread pudding.

Service was outstanding, water refilled often, when appitizers were served each one was explained, wine glasses always filled, someone always nearby to answer a question or clear the table. Hopefully some of the recent services issues I've read about here where just one-off events?

Acme Sourdough Cheese Wheel--THANKS for the recommendation, it was awesome. I ate mine and then went and bought one for the next day!

Lobster Bisque from one of the stands at the Wharf. It was decent enough. Nothing so great I'd have to have it again. Don't laugh, I also had an In and Out Burger. I've heard that, for fast food, this is pretty good. I liked the crunch of the bun and the sauce. Now I can say I've had one.

Husband and I enjoy tapas and since I've never been to Zarzuela I don't have previous experiences to compare. Some have mentioned on chowhound that Zarzuela has slipped in the last few years. I thought it was really good. I tried the sangria, not bad. I had Storybook Zin with dinner and enjoyed that more.
We tried: the salad with cabrales cheese, walnuts and apples, crab bisque, the torilla espanola-I've got to try to replicate this one, very tasty potato and onion omelette, empanada del Dia--the crust of this was wonderful, chicken strips with bechamel--I liked these, husband didn't. I liked the creamy bechamel when I bit into the chicken.

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