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Favorite Indian - Hayward + Morton's et. al.

WLA | Aug 27, 200310:54 AM

My wife and I came up to The City on Saturday night and went back on Tuesday evening. We love SF, and the contrast to LA is always a treat.

The two most memorable meals were at Favorite Indian in Hayward, (see link to their web site) and Morton's on Union Sq. I also had a bowl of clam chowder and a beer at Tadich Grill and a few pieces of dim sum from Yank Sing on Stevenson. I walked to Tadich and then to Yank Sing and then back to the hotel. That was a fun little diversion and want to hit them both again with more people for a "larger" sample.

If you take a look at Favorite Indian's web site you might think it is a big place. That is the farthest thing from the truth. It is a tiny place, but their food is wonderful. We were out with friends on Sunday night who live in Hayward and we got a ton of food, which we managed to somehow consume (g).

Two orders of meat samosa's and one with potato and peas. One order of chili pakora and a basket full of nan, one of them was stuffed with onion and one with cherries, raisins and nuts and then an order of garlic nan. We also had papadam.

For mains I had the same as our host, the butter chicken which is a shredded roasted chicken in tomato, butter and a saffrony cream sauce. Really excellent along with some mango chutney. My wife had the tandoori chicken, also a home run and our hostess had eggplant done in the tandoor oven and then cooked with tomato and cream sauce. Along with one large flying horse bottle of beer and one large taj mahal beer I rolled back out to the van groaning with pleasure. What a great little place.

The only discordant note, and a truly surreal experience I have to say was at the end of the meal when our waiter, a young Indian guy was dropping the check and oh so casually said "My brother was shot and killed today in a hold up at the gas station where he was working." I mean we were all so stunned. We all told him how sorry we were, but he was either in total shock or something because he said it like "Oh, my cat ran away today and I hope he comes back."

On Monday night my wife and I walked from our hotel, the Grand Hyatt, around the corner for dinner at Morton's. The food was excellent, the service was good and my only complaint would be that they little cart they bring out is sort of a waste of time, not to mention my wife did not like seeing the poor live 4.5 lb. lobster they have on the tray. She felt that was unnecessary cruelty to have him out of the tank for all that time.

My wife decided on the crab cakes. I have to say that Morton's does crab cakes the way they should be done, i.e., practically no filler, just the freshest whole lump crab meat. And they give you three cakes so there was plenty to eat and I got one. I love rib eye steaks and had it cajun style, medium rare, which was more rare than medium. I cut off one end for my wife and we both agreed that it was one of the best steaks we had ever had. Buttery, juicy, tender and with a very good savory meat flavor. Along with one side of creamed spinach, one potatoes lyonnaise and one Godiva cake with ice cream I again almost needed a wheelbarrow to ride back to the hotel in. That dinner was $116, plus tip and worth every penny of it.

Sorry for the long post but SF food makes me wax rhapsodic.

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