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Hayes Street Grill - preconcert dinner

Wendy Lai | Apr 5, 200412:24 PM

Last night we went to Hayes Street Grill before our SFS performance. I didn't see too much discussion recently on this board about this place. We went with a pretty open mind and not expecting greatness or anything.

The restaurant is mainly a fish grill place. They had only one non-fish entree, beef short ribs, which they already ran out by 5:30pm (1/2 hour after they opened). The rest of the entrees were various kinds of fish, grilled and served with french fries and your choice of sauces. The sauce choices were quite varied, from peanut sauce to fish sauce to salsa.

We ordered Dungness crab and aspargus salad and grilled quail salad with sherry soaked cranberries for appetizers. And for entress, a sea bass, bluefin tuna and mahi mahi, with salsa, peanut sauce, and fish sauce respectively. They over cooked the tuna slightly, event though my husband asked for rare, it was more like medium. My mahi mahi with the Vietnamese rice noodles and fish sauce was excellent, moist, savory, and suprisingly "Vietnamese". My Vietnamese friend said, though, their fish sauce was too sweet, but I liked it. Her sea bass was okay, salsa was uninspiring. The appetizers were all excellent.
The highlight was actually the fries. They came out in little white cups, so crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, not a bit of grease to be found. I skipped dessert just so I can eat more fries!

The desserts were pretty good, but not earth shattering either.

For three of us, with three appetizers, three entrees, two desserts, two coffees, one tea, and one cocktail, the bill came out to be $164. Overall a pleasant experience.

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