WOW! If you have not been to this Pan-Asian restaurant - you owe it to yourself and friends to eat here. On Saturdays is a great time to go for lunch as you don't have a problem getting a table and service is fast in this tiny restaurant. At other times, the wait can be ridiculously long.
The waiter brings each table a small plate of pickled cucumbers - they were crunchy and sweet with a kick of chili oil on them. This was our indication of wonderful food to come.
We started with the White Shrimp and Chinese Chive dumplings - they were came 6 to an order and were loaded in size, taste, and texture. On the side was this hot, chili pepper infused slaw and the dipping sauce was an incredible vinegar, soy, sesame, chili concoction that was super-addicting. So hot but you kept going back for more burnt lip action. The burn was so good!
We ate family style and ordered the Warm Wasabi House Noodles with Grilled Pork and the Marinated Beef Short Ribs. Each plate was huge! The noodles were so good and tossed with more of the chili slaw, cucumbers and sesame seeds. The charcoal on the grilled pork was delectable...so juicy and delicious. It was a large portion sliced against the grain. Also fantastic was the short ribs - they too were grilled to perfections but only 2 to an order. We found ourselves sucking the meat around the little bones - finger-licking good! On the platter with the ribs was garlicky blue lake green beans and a cloud of buttery mashed potatoes. We moved the taters into the juice that leaked from the ribs - it was so good we didn't want to waste any bit of gravy.
Fighting the urge to lick the plate, we instead ordered the passion fruit creme brulee. I am a sucker for this and The House did not disappoint. The burnt sugar was perfect for cracking into the creaminess of the custard. Not too sweet and sugary as some can be and free of chunks - it was a perfect ending to a perfect lunch. Oh, did I mention the meal cost a whopping $38.00? Such a bargain! The lychee iced tea has a lychee in it - looks like an eyeball, and the lemonade was fresh. Pretty good wine list and wines by the glass. Next time, I'll bring more people so we can order more food.
Parking can be difficult and the restaurant is across the street from "The Stinkin Rose" and a couple of doors down from "Citizen Thai and the Monkey". The address is 1230 Grant Ave, SF 94133 - (415) 986-8612.