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Quick Reports - Le Central, Hukilau, Thirsty Bear

jaydee | Apr 22, 200501:24 PM

in town briefly this week. not too much time for a chow-centric agenda, stayed in union square - which might have put me at a disadvantage. main objective was work and also catching up with some old friends. however, did have some bites which i took notes on below....

le central -
took a walk after checking in and found that cafe claude was closed on mondays. i was pretty bummed, given i wanted some steak tartare. walked up to bush and then found le central and voila - steak tartare. ordered the leeks vinaigrette (not too good - i rather my leeks are braised, not completely soggy - vinaigrette was heavy but creamy-good) and the steak tartare. steak tartare was solid - very good beef. i appreciated the mixed in garnish and the anchovy for tartare dramatics (versus your common egg yolk presentation). two glasses of a decent cote du rhone - very good. it was not until after i ate and looked up the place on the internet when i found that this place is known for their steak tartare.

453 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 391-2233
Cross Street: Grant Avenue

hukilau -
met up with some of my hawaiian friends at this place for some drinks and mixed plates. opted for the hukilau chicken - which seemed to be the closest dish resembling mochiko chicken. advertised as sesame chicken, it was pieces of chicken thigh meat battered and fried and tossed in hukilau sauce. not too impressed. ahi poke and a few bites of my friend's lau lau were awesome however. ahi poke had limu and lau lau was moist and so fatty!

5 Masonic Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 921-6242

thirsty bear -
met with a former colleague for a drink and some grub at thirsty bear. wasn't planning on ordering anything, but saw they had some crouquettes offered on their tapas menu. they look like cheese sticks but very nice blend of potato and manchego cheese.

661 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 974-0905
Cross Street: Third Street

side note -
one evening a friend dragged me to edinburgh castle (950 geary) for what he claimed to be some damn fine fish and chips. i was in a rush to meet with other friends and the barkeep said that the wait would be in excess of 45 minutes (too long for me to wait). i begrudgingly downed my bass and left - maybe next time.

great city.

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