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Chowdown Report: South Indian Breakfast @ Chennai Kings in San Francisco

Melanie Wong | Jun 16, 201609:38 PM     9

Chennai Kings opened in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf two months ago.
http://www.chowhound.com/post/chennai... This morning, three chowhounds gave it a spin for breakfast. I had called a couple days ago to confirm that it was open for the morning meal. Yes, breakfast hours are 8:00am to 11:30am daily.

I was able to park right in front at a metered space at 8:25am. Concerned that the “closed” sign was still on the door and the interior unlit, I was relieved to see my dining companions inside already as the sole customers. The one person in the kitchen shied away from us, but after a bit I was able to find out that the server was delayed and would be coming by 9am. I did convince him to serve us some Madras filter coffee that was delicious and sported a nice foamy head and Masala chai, $2.99.

We had plenty of time to study the extensive, glossy color print menu that did not seem to have any breakfast items highlighted. When the server arrived, she handed us simple black and white typed breakfast menus. Aha! I was happy to see uthappam on the breakfast menu, as none are listed on the main menu. We ordered to share:

CK Combo with onion uthappam (idli, vada, chutneys, sambar), $14.99

Madras masala dosa filled with spicy potato masala, $10.99

Mini idli with sambar and chutneys, $9.99

While Malabar parotta is listed on the breakfast menu, none available today. A shame, because they were great at the Mountain View location.

One of the things I was very excited to see on the main menu is Idiyappam (string hoppers). I’ll have to come back to order them.

Chennai Kings
418 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA
415.929.6983

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