Just a quick update. Took family from out of town (from the Midwest) to dinner at R&G Lounge last night and had a lovely meal. I haven't been to R&G in years and now I wonder why not. We ate upstairs (I didn't know they had an upstairs): white tablecloths and heavy cloth napkins. (In addition to the food, my family was impressed by the folding of the napkins, as well as the fancy way they folded the paper bag they packed our leftovers in, and the motion activated paper towel dispenser in the women's restroom) and didn't get too adventurous:
- Vegetarian egg rolls (I'm not a huge fan of deep fried foods--I thought these were fine: not too greasy. Everyone else loved them.)
- Prawns with honey walnuts (Everyone's favorite. It was just perfect, actually. I don't know how many times they dip and roast the walnuts to get them that way, but they were just lovely, sprinkled with sesame seeds. And the prawns--nice and firm and shiny from the mayonnaise.)
- Chicken with XO sauce (everyone loved it. I'm not familiar with XO sauce, but I thought it was a little unbalanced--heavy garlic, but not a lot of other flavors. The snow peas were amazing, though. Fresh and crisp.)
- Eggplant clay pot with salted fish (Outstanding--my favorite. The bits of salted fish were just small, flavoring really. The eggplant was very tender.)
-House pan fried noodles (Wonderful: nice and crispy, not greasy, with a simple sauce and topped with all kinds of goodies: mushrooms, bok choy, pork, scallops, prawns, chicken, etc.)
The folks at the table next to us were sharing a crab--it looked deep fried. We wished we'd ordered one. ;-)
After the meal, they brought us a coupon for $25 off any meal of $50 or over and asked us to come back. Also, they give out free Golden Gate Bridge postcards at the hostess desk, which is nice for out of towners.
Also, I wish I'd known, but they validate parking 2 hours at the Portsmouth Square Garage.
We walked up to Golden Gate Bakery and waited for the custard tarts hot out of the oven. Wonderful, of course, and pretty darn huge, a great value for 85 cents a piece. Make sure you ask for enough napkins. The crust is just so deliciously layered and flaky.
I also tried the rice dumpling rolled in coconut and filled with black bean paste: I've been craving them ever since Windyrama at Louie's. It was good, but just not the same cold. It would be better hot out of the oven or reheated, though, not sure how to reheat it. Steam or microwave, perhaps?
631 Kearny (at Clay)
Golden Gate Bakery
1029 Grant Ave. (781-2627)
Btw Pacific & Jackson