4 of us had dinner at Nirvana in the Castro district. I had not eaten there for a few years but I have been there several times in the past, usually before or after going to the Castro theater. The food was always good not great, the prices reasonable and the space warm, inviting and fun.
Unfortunately for us, there have been changes in the kitchen and this has impacted the quality of the food it was not good. 3 of us had noodle dishes that were either bland or just did not work and one of us had an entrée the grilled 5 spice chicken that was also pretty lame. One of the noodle dishes actually had to be sent back so something could be added to it to give it flavor.
Our friendly waiter told us that the menu no longer matches what comes out of the kitchen for example, the grilled 5 spice chicken is listed as dark meat on the menu, but is in fact breast meat. There were other discrepancies as well. Also, on the entrée the portion has been reduced and there were only two tiny broccoli florettes included.
Somehow, the cocktails did not seem as good as they were in past and they appeared to suffer from reduced size as well.
The staff is still friendly and the space is still warm and inviting - the place still has a nice spirit, but sadly, the food is just not good.