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Jan 9, 2001 05:56 PM

need help for S.F. early dinner on Fri.

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2 of us will be tired and (always) hungry on Friday
evening after frantic errand-running probably culminating in the Union Square area. What would be a good choice for an early dinner before heading back across the G.G.? Close to Union Sq. would be great, but we could drive and park. We'd love something reasonable and casual, funky is fine. Any type of cuisine is o.k. as long as it's well prepared. If parking is not impossible that would be a help. (Scala's is usually crammed and we're a little tired of it.)
I am so impressed with the astute opinions of the contributors to this site. I almost always agree, if I am familiar with the subject. It's a treat to get tips from those who are out there foraging.

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    Melanie Wong

    If funky surroundings don't bother you, you could walk to Shalimar or Naan 'n' Curry for some great, inexpensive Indian food. Try searching under those names for previous posts.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Thanks, Melanie, for the suggestion. My husband loves
      Indian food. We enjoy Vic's and Breads of India in
      Also, I was wondering about the Baker Street Bistro.
      We haven't been there for years. Is it still good?

      1. re: Ann

        I haven't been to Baker St. Bistro for quite awhile. But I believe The Limster recently gave it a thumbs up. Would be easier to repark here.

        The restaurant in the Lombard St. corridor I really want to try is Chaz.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Excellent escargot at Baker St Bistro. Food is good and relatively inexpensive. But the glass of Zin that they poured me tasted too raisiny with not enough fruit - I'm guessing that it was probably a bit too old ('96) or not stored properly.

          I'd pick Chaz over Baker Street Bistro any day if I wasn't taking cost into account. I'm thinking about a Chaz trip soon myself.

          In the same neighborhood, my pals have come back from Isa (a tapas place) with glowing reports, but I've yet to try it.

          1. re: Limster

            I browsed Isa's menu while walking by but haven't tried it yet. Did you ever try Three Seasons?

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Yes - I did go to Three Seasons in the end. It was well priced and the food what fine but very Californianized. I guess it wasn't a bad choice to show something a little different to my pals from Singapore, although if I was on the prowl for Vietnamese food, I'd go for something a bit more authentic. Nothing truly memorable that I would be able to rave about months later, but the food was mostly tasty and fresh. The soft shell crab roll was probably my favorite.

              1. re: Limster

                Interesting take. Once I'd asked our Singapore country manager to take me for Vietnamese food when I was visiting. He essentially turned up his nose and expressed that the cuisine was not worthy of his discerning palate.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Maybe that's why my dad always complains that there is no good Vietnamese place in Singapore. *grin*

                  1. re: Limster

                    My S'pore country mgr was Teochew chinese, my US medical consultant was Teochew from Singapore, and my US production manager was Teochew raised in KL. It was a constant battle over where to eat whenever I had two of more of them with me. We would end up having like 5 meals a day to satisfy them! We never had any Vietnamese food.

    2. Several years ago, after passing it for years, we found a sleeper in the Union Sq area. On the S.E. corner of Geary and Mason is a small downstairs Japanese restaurant...excellent sushi and other standards. It is, however, crowded...mostly with Japanese. Very reasonable. I can't remember the name, but you can't miss it if you know its there

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      1. re: Jim H.

        Thanks for this tip. We have some favorite friends who are Japanese-American from out-of-town and are always looking for a good Japanese place. We will enjoy taking them to this find.