The worst meal I've had in recent history was lunch at Just Won Ton two months ago. Though I've lived in SF for ages, this was my first time at this long time fixture on Vincente. Maybe it was good at one time but no longer.
Here's the shot of my bowl of beef brisket (ngo nam) and wontons with noodles, $6.05. The plump dumplings were devoid of flavor. Compressed and too hard lumps of ground pork with a tasteless whole shrimp were overboiled until the soggy wrappers almost fell apart. Noodles were soft and overcooked. The broth was dilute and without character. The beef brisket was undercooked, tough, and too fatty. Yes, ngo nam should have some fat, but not more than half of each chunk. The one saving grace was the choi sum were tender and cooked just right, but needless to say, the vegetables shouldn't be the highlight of a bowl of wontons.
Beef brisket and won ton with noodle -
The interesting thing is that the hot sauce condiment on the table was pretty tasty with minced bits of salty preserved vegetable and black beans. It didn't go with my dish, but I tried a little nip of it just because.
Hot sauce condiment -
Is there anything here worth ordering? This spot had a good rep for a long time.
The final downside is the sullen waitress. I was the first customer at lunch time, and only two others came in by the time I left. She didn't say "hello" when I walked in nor "good-bye" when I left. No thank you's either, and the only reason I know she's not mute is that she did grunt something to confirm my order.
Just Won Ton
1241 Vicente St, San Francisco, CA 94116
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