Vancouver Trip Report: The Keg Steakhouse and Bar in Richmond
Last of my posts from Vancouver Canada trip during Chinese New Year. Rather than fight the crowds in Chinese restaurants for the Chinese NYE family dinner, we opted for a steakhouse close by and avoided most of the crowds. It was still busy but we made a reservation which reduced the wait.
- Shrimp appetizer: Served in escargot plate, lots of butter and bread to soak up the sauces
- Prime Rib with baked potato with all the fixings
- Filet mIgnon with twice baked potato
- Cheesecake with raspberry sauce
A satisfying meal, friendly service on a busy night. Next time I am back in Richmond this is definitely a good place to stop by for some steak.
The Keg Steakhouse
11151 No 5 Rd
Mehfil Indian restaurant SOMA San Francisco
Mehfil used to be on the corner of Folsom and Second Street next to Fly Trap and a month ago moved to a larger place on Second Street closer to Market Street.
The new place now has bar seating, enough space for large group meals plus regular seated dining.
Service is efficient and the food solid. I am told they have a very good low priced lunch special which I haven’t tried, but have been there a few times for dinner since it is closer to where I live
- Naan, they have many options for Naan, this one is buttered naan
- Loo Bengan - Eggplants cooked with red onions, ginger, garlic and tomatoes
- Chicken Korma - Chicken cooked with almonds, cashews, four kernels, pistachio, saffron and shredded coconut sauce with tomatoes, gingers and spices
Service is efficient, food is good and reasonably priced for San Francisco SOMA neighborhood, and the space is large enough to accommodate big parties now. I also notice they still do a lot of takeout and delivery business.
Mehfil Indian Restaurant on Second Street
28 2nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Sushirrito on New Montgomery San Francisco
Simple Concept: Take a burrito, replace tortilla with seaweed. Fill with rice with Japanese and Latin America inspired ingredients found in sushi rolls.
Results: Very long lines in their first location on Second Street during lunch hours. Two more locations has since opened.
- Geisha’s Kiss - Yellowfin Tuna (Hand-Line Caught), Tamago, Piquillo Peppers, Yuzu Tobiko, Lotus Chips, Namasu Cucumber, Butter Lettuce, Avocado, Green Onions, with Sesame White Soya dressing
If you like the delicate flavors and textures of sushi/sashimi in traditional Japanese approach, you may find this to be too big, too many flavors and texture per bite.
If you are into something different than a regular burrito, with a lighter wrapper and interesting filling, give Sushirrito a try.
Sushirrito (Multiple Locations)
59 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Bluestem brasserie valentines day dinner San Francisco
This year for Valentine’s day my schedule was in flux so we couldn’t make a restaurant reservation. Thanks to last minute Open Table mobile was able to get a table at Bluesteam Brasserie walking distance from where I live.
Been to Blue Stem Brasserie before both for business and pleasure. Service was a little erratic given the crowds on Valentine’s night, but we had a good table so it was fine. Another interesting thing to note with this restaurant is that the kitchen is upstairs so all the food is delivered using the staircase, so if you are walking be prepared to watch for food runners :-)
- Half chicken two ways - Roasted and Confit style. It was really good. I like the chicken more than even Zuni cafe’s roasted chicken
- Squid ink pasta with seafood including mussels, clams, scallops and crab.
- Orange Dream - Orange semifreddo with pomegranate reduction and cookie crumble
Good meal on short notice on Valentine’s day.
One Yueba Buena Lane, San Francisco, CA 94103
Quick Meal at Yin Du wonton Noodle House in San Francisco chinatown
Chinatown in San Francisco have a lot of little restaurants that specializes in certain regional dishes and you can tell often by what they emphasize in their restaurant name.
A friend of mine pointed me to Yin Du for their noodle soup, wonton of course is their specialty but they have a few other items of note also.
- Wonton Noodle soup - Their name sake. Decent noodle texture, and the wonton wrapper is not too thick and the meat mixture tender
- Beef brisket and wonton noodle soup - The beef is good, very tender which means it was simmered for hours but not to the point it completely falls apart
- Chai Sui Roasted pork rice plate - Surprisingly good for a restaurant that isn’t advertised as a BBQ place. Tender barbeque pork and I was impressed with the knife and plating skill of the cook. Note how it was properly laid out and the even thickness in the photo
- Simmered pig’s knuckle - Acquired taste for some. I like it when it is done well with plenty of skin, cartilage and fatty bits among the bone.
Overall, a good and inexpensive place for a quick bite in Chinatown.
Yin Du Wonton Noodle Restaurant
648 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133