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i-Skewers in the Sunset [San Francisco]

pane | Apr 7, 201307:22 PM     8

I went with David to iSkewers on Judah between 29th and 30th yesterday. We ordered a ton of food, as we were bringing the leftovers back to two friends back home, and also because of gluttony.

We got:
- zhajiang mien
- pork and celery dumplings
- cold sliced beef pancake with sesame
- stir-fried greens

Overall, it was very enjoyable, with notably fine textures and warm service. They were out of the first dumplings we tried to order (pork and spinach, I think) but pork/celery were great. Super juicy, nice texture to the dumpling skin. Fantastic chewy texture on the zhajiang mien hand-pulled noodles. Quite a lot of ground pork. I would have liked the sauce to be a touch less sweet.

The beef pancake was two little sandwich-like pancakes, each cut in half, a bit dainty looking, like an afternoon tea snack. Tasty, not as memorable as the noodles or dumplings. The only thing I wasn't wild about was the greens--watery with not a ton of flavor outside of oil.

There was some confusion about our zhajiang mian order--at first we were brought a veggie hand-pulled noodle bowl with goopy sauced eggplant on top. When we told the waitress we thought we'd ordered something else, she had the kitchen expedite the preparation of the substitute (though it was likely that we had miscommunicated in ordering--we asked her to read the Chinese-language specials posted to the wall and may have pointed to the wrong one).

The dining room is pretty small (maybe 8 tables) with the other half of the restaurant taken up by the cooks rolling, pressing and stretching noodles. Dumplings came out of a freezer near the noodle prep area. Usual beverages: (free) tea and soda.

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