this could be really good neighborhood restaurant if they fixed these things:
-the beer ads/mirrors/neon lights should go. does their presence sell more beer? it just looks cluttered & detracts from the vibe, it's totally at odds with the living plant wall & dark wood. i don't mind the 2 huge flat panel tv's, but the beer signs are depressing.
-they should stop using such thick noodles. my husband's noodle soup (the special w/ congealed pig blood) had noodles as thick as bucatini. my noodle bowl had the same. it really makes the dishes taste different.
-we ordered hot coffee. it doesn't come out in the traditional vietnamese manner - in a glass w/ metal hat top containing the grounds, w/ condensed milk on the bottom that you MIX UP BY YOURSELF. instead, they mix it up for you & bring it out in a diner style coffee cup. why? b/c it's easier?
-the noodle bowl that i ordered had cooked onions - no scallions. sigh. cooked onions aren't traditional & makes the dish taste sweeter. also no fried shallots in the dish.
-husband's noodle soup came with a tiny bowl of cilantro/basil/sprouts, not the huge platter you see at other places.
-otherwise, the service was pleasant, the place clean (except the bathroom garbage was overflowing) and the seasoning for the 2 dishes we had - pretty good.
no fatal flaws. all easy to fix.
marla is very very expensive.
iced coffee is maybe 4 or 5 ounces,
scone is a little bigger than ping pong ball.
the place is BEAUTIFUL, the scone is pretty good, iced coffee standard -
but everything is about 30% more than it should be.
also heard that the dinner w/ wine pairings is $95/person.
does that sound like outer balboa?
it's a tough thing to start a restaurant -
the costs are crazy, the labor costs especially in SF -
but there's cassava up the block w/ better prices, just as cute,
with a better menu - way more choices.
i would have given 5 stars, but there's a major problem.
the dishes here are poorly composed.
today we had breakfast there & my husband ordered eggs& smoked salmon.
for i think $16 or $18 (can't find menu on their website). for that you get a big pile of salmon, big pile of scrambled eggs and a dollop of creme fraiche.
now unless you're a hard core paleo guy - do you really want to eat that?
w/o a slice of red onion/ tomato/ capers/ toast??? of course you can order a side of bread for about $6, but you don't know that till you get your big plate & you can order the bread at that point but it takes forever to arrive by which you point you've eaten all the protein.
and i'm sorry to inform you of this custom, but part of the social contract in this country is that eggs come with bread. just the way it is.
i had yogurt w/ coffee soaked dates for $10. which sounded intriguing- but when it came - a large glass w/ yogurt, topped w/ a big spoon of date puree, w/ about 5 medjool& barhi dates - well, that's a lotta dates. not a single berry or granola sprinkle or even mint to break it up? no fun.
the other person (fundraising shakedown guy) ordered poached eggs over a beany stew. again nary a slice of bread or parsley sprig..
there's a lot to love about this place - the eggs were fluffy, the yogurt so good, the excellent coffee in individual generous french press pots, toast perfectly toasted, the buter pats were STAMPED out individually in pretty flower shapes (god i hope the cut out edges were used & not thrown away), the space is beautiful.
but the chef should think more about what a yummy plate is made of. the prices they're charging demand this.
the ramen looked good - my son loved it.
the sushi was really lacking.
hello to the person who's making the sushi at yoi-
you need to season the rice w/ rice vinegar & mirin -
otherwise, it's NOT sushi.
sushi isn't just raw fish draped over plain white rice.
this is only about the pharmacy. always ALWAYS double check -
and call again to see if they really have a prescription ready, b/c they're understaffed & they might say on the phone, sure it's ready and you might go and spend 20mins to find a parking space &stand online for another 15 mins & you get to the front & THERE MIGHT HAVE BEEN A MISUNDERSTANDING & THEY DON'T KNOW WHY YOU'RE THERE - can you come back tomorrow.
this place is a throwback.
the good part of mescolanza, maybe the best - is the lighting.
it's incredibly flattering and is exactly the type of lighting you would find in high end old restaurants. the food is solid (nothing bad or weird, all tasty) and the people are extremely nice.
it's not an exciting restaurant, the dishes are all pretty straightforward, rely on classic cream butter cheese combos. (the pizza stands out as very average, which is unforgivable in sf where there are plenty of outstanding pizzas, see eg arizmendi.).
the wooden cows in the bathroom are just strange (also the bathroom was a mess during peak hour).
this is a perfect place to take elderly relatives from somewhere in the middle of the country or maybe a date for an old fashioned evening.
i am blown away by yesterday's meal.
i hate to resort to cliches (& what looks like a copy of all the other reviews here),
but this place is an absolute gem.
the food was STELLAR, the service was exactly the right level of professionalism and caring, the setting was magic.
1. food - we had heirloom tomato salad, smoked trout (they do it themselves), albacore, scallops& guinea hen. every dish was perfectly executed& served HOT. the chef has done an excellent job in thinking up flavorful combinations. the only discordant plate - potato chips w/ cheese& truffle oil.it's a small plate of kettle chips w/ shaved parm& that oil on top. did they make the chips ?? if so, i'm impressed BUT it still seems alittle out of place - it has the feel of easy bar food. having said that, they were inhaled in 30 seconds (& they're only $5).
2. service. yuka is a gifted hostess. she makes everyone feel welcome, without being obtrusive. she was also wearing a beautiful outfit - colorful shirt& tie (so looked very professional), with cool stick pin.
3. the location is outer balboa, so it 's the edge of sf. there's greenery on the sidewalk, candles, sunflowers in short vases. it's informal & special.
i've had lesser meals at twice the price.
foodie culture is easy to mock, but cassava is an example of the how that culture elevates dining at all levels.
it wouldn't have been possible to get a meal of this quality decades ago at other than a TOP restaurant.
we're lucky to have it in a casual neighborhood place.
cassava deserves every sf food accolade.
i hope they survive the onslaught of customers & interest.
i bumped into a car when pulling out of a tight spot,
fortunately, owner of the car is my friend so it was all pleasant.
i asked her to get a quote for the repair (tiny dent and really tiny scratch).
she went to this place & came out w/ a quote for $1250.
i asked her to try 1 more place -
so she went to 19th ave auto body shop (#3950),
and their quote is $600.
after much testing, att uverse tells me that no one in my neighborhood can ever get more than 3mbs, not ever. they advertise elite service of 6mbs for $5 more a month, but can't do it here b/c this box is too far away from the station.
no, i don't live in the sticks,
i live near the presidio in SF.
on top of this,
it will cost $150 to terminate my service w/ att.
att guy said, well you should let att know about this and maybe they'll lay down some more lines in your hood.
pros - many different brands of jeans, help staff is pleasant & will scurry about & try to find sizes, they're all very - you go girl cheerleader types.
cons - no follow through. i asked one salesperson if there was another inseam length available - promises to call the next day but he never called back.
more problematic- the hemming set up is a big pain. they will tell you to come back on a friday to pick up &it's not ready. apologies all around, please come back next week. i do - & they realize they never took the pants in. etc etc. don't get the hemming done here.
for $150+ jeans, you would think they would try to sell you more & be more professional. but i guess business is too good.
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