Wednesday night in Sunset. Zero volunteers for cooking duty. Zero dollars in the checking account, so we need a place that accepts credit cards. Loi's doesn't, and San Tung is closed Wednesdays.
We wander up to 9th and decide to try Nan King Road Bistro. The menu is divided into three categories: small plates (appetizers like dumplings), large plates (traditional entrees), and noodles. Prices are very reasonable--about $5-7 for entrees. Selections are a mix of chinese, korean, and thai specialties.
He gets wonton soup and kung pao chicken. I get chicken pad thai. The food arrives and it's gorgeous--the chicken looks succulent, the noodles are glistening, and the vegetables in the soup look wonderfully fresh. But. He tries the soup and give me a look. I try the pad thai and give him a look.
It's as if an evil robot broke into the kitchen and zapped the flavor out of everything with an anti-deliciousness laser. Both the soup and the noodles are totally devoid of seasoning. We hold out hope for the chicken, but no dice. Salty, yes. Tasty, no. Total bill: $22. Totally not worth it.