Last week I posted looking for some recs in the West Portal area. We spent a great long weekend in the Bay Area (days in Napa and Sonoma) nights in SF, and I thought I'd say thanks and report a bit on the chow.
Friday we had a reasonably good meal at a place I'm sure was called Gorila Sushi (one 'l') on Divisadero (I think), though I can't find in on Google or in a search here. Nice, fresh cut rolls....... nothing really gourmet.... but good service and reasonable prices.
Saturday evening - dinner at Xiao Loong in West Portal. This place I would like to pack up and take home to OC with me. Not an extensive menu but great dishes, good sauces and good service.
Sunday evening - Paradise Pizza - also in West Portal. Small, neighborhood place.... lots of families and kids. Ordered a large antipasto salad and the Tomato Paradise pizza......which turned out to have no sauce and only a relatively small amount of asiago cheese instead of the normal cheeses. We had added artichoke hearts on our own.... good call I think. First reaction was maybe we had made a mistake, but it was light, flavorful and hit the spot after a day of too much wine tasting. Lots of fresh tomatoes and fresh tomato puree (I think) made it very special. Service was friendly and good too.
Monday brunch at Yank Sing (Rincon Center) was another thing. I should have known it would be touristy (which is fine) but, even though the dim sum were good, the price was way more than I thought appropriate. It's hard to know what you're spending in a dim sum restaurant (though obviously you can ask), but three of us racked up $97 in no time, with only tea as a beverage.....before tip. About twice the price I would have thought, but I'm no expert. $7.50 for a single Peking Duck pancake, 1.5" square of duck and a few shreds of green onion?????? An otherwise good experience marred by the cost.... I know the rent is high there.... but really!!!!!! Did especially enjoy the chicken feet, tarot cakes and lemon custard tarts.
All in all a great weekend!!!!!! Thanks for the recs we used.