Asian in the Inner Richmond
Wow, I know that includes many places! We live in the Easy Bay and are responsible for choosing any asian cuisine for friends who live in the North Bay. They relish trips down here to wet their longing appetite for Asian food of any kind- just authentic and a smallish neighborhood place. I was intrigued by Burma Super Star. Any other recommendations?
We were able to get a table for 5 at Burma Super Star at 11:45 am Saturday without a wait. However, the place filled up within 15 minutes after that. It was great and I'd love to go back, but won't wait. Usually we order from Mandalay and enjoy it very much (we always get the Burmese dishes, not the Chinese ones).
I tried Thai Noodle Jump a couple of times shortly after it opened and was very disappointed. I have stuck with King of Thai Noodles (the original place with no atmosphere - I get it to go).
Lately I've been getting Chinese from Spices I & II and have been quite pleased.
Second the nod for Shanghai Dumpling House - sweet, family-owned (seems to be) & fantastic dumplings. I can't recall the delicious ones (steamed shanghai?)...but the lion's head meatballs are good too. Decor is....sad...but tidy.
Also like Taiwan for dumplings....incredibly affordable. Same decor state as above.
Both places are never packed, and service is always pleasant. Not as flashy as BSS or hip as RoHan, but the dumplings are solid.
Shanghai Dumpling House (south side of Balboa near 34th. ave)The wor wonton soup, lion's head meatballs, and Shanghai dumplings are all fine. The Shanghai dumplings get an A grade in fact. But DO NOT order anything else. This place has the distinction of being a personal worst for me. Asked waitress to bring me her favorite dish on the menu and it turned out to be the singular WORST thing I have ever been served in a Chinese restaurant. Rubbery (not in a good way) noodles - kinda waterlogged, with what seemed like plain oyster sauce straight out of the bottle, and a few pieces of dispirited, overcooked napa cabbage. Maybe she just didn't like my face...
Oh, something else - something else good on the menu = the scallion pancakes. So if you stick to the items I recommend you could have a fine inexpensive meal.
Of course, my all time FAVORITE Chinese restaurant in the Richmond is Lee Hou on the north side of Clement around 4th. ave. Onion and ginger crab is fabulous. They serve lobster for around $12. Other fish dishes are wonderful. The dim sum is outstanding. Best/biggest har gow - I could eat a dozen har gow myself (shrimp/rice dough dumplings - eat with soy sauce and hot oil). If you want soup, get their "supreme" broth - relly superior, and broth quality is very important to me. They feature interesting clay pot choices. Chow mein is not great, but that could be just because I don't like crispy fried noodles - my friend liked it fine. Lots of strange and fascinating organ meat selections, a very inexpensive but good daily specials. OK atmosphere - white tablecloths. Dirty bathroom (oh well...I still eat there - it's just so good and such a bargain). Take home a bunch of dim sum to heat up the next day. Be sure you check out all the (4?) menus. There are different menus on the bar that you can order from that they do not give you. It's the best seafood and dim sum bargain in the Richmond, perhaps in all SF.
Burma Super Star is fantastic and definitely worth the wait. ( Just try the green tea leaf salad.)You can leave your cell phone number on the wait list and have a drink directly across the street at the Blue Danube Cafe or walk a few blocks to one of the best bookstores in the city, Green Apple Books.
I also love Marnee Thai in the Inner Sunset on 9th near Lincoln. Just across the park.
I have been very curious about both Sushi Bistro and Thai Noodle Jump. Any further words on those places? I'd really like to hear more.
How does thai noodle jump compare with places like king of thai.
It never seems to have people in it...
Sushi Bistro appears to be open quite late, (its the overly decorated tiny place right?)
Also, Mandalay has burmese, which i believe to be just as good as burma super star, with less then half the wait.
spices II is definitely a good experience. i haven't been in any other chinese places that are that good, and also so youth oriented... canto-hip-hop videos, tiny waitresses, club kid patrons.
taiwan, closer to 6th, on clement is also a good one. great homemade dumplings (you can watch through the front window), and it smells extra-good in there, in a sweet way.
The tiny king of thai, the one between 7th and 8th seems to have a few extra options to the menu that i haven't found at the 5th ave location. (sweet and sour shrimp thai style, pretty damn great).
the 2 times i went to rohan it was indeed really tasty, though the second time, my portions were nearly half the size they were before, for the same price.
1. Thai Noodle Jump is like a smaller version of King of Thai. The menu is smaller and the place is quieter. Everything I've ordered from there has been tasty, curries and noodles dishes especially. I think many in the neighborhood order take out as there is traffic in and out.
Sushi Bistro is one of my favs, good fresh fish without the attitude or a DJ =). The tiny restaurant used to be a neighborhood secret, but each year the wait gets longer. the 49er roll is a staple for me...just enuf lemon without overpowering it. Appetizers are also very good...YT Jalapeno was unique. Sorry, I've never eaten there late.
2. I was disappointed with Mandalay. The food wasn't as crisp tasting as Burma SuperStar. the Rainbow salad has less ingredients. IMHO.
Rohan is really good and has a fun atmosphere. Oh yeah, there's a DJ there some nights =) Wed and Sun nights are the best time to go due to the half price specials. Their infused sojos are excellent and the bartender is proud of his craft.
Without endorsing or disendorsing RoHan, they do have a
SUNDAYS & WEDNESDAYS Belly up to the bar. half price lounge nibbles and cocktails at the bar ALL night.
BSS: as people say, crowded, small, loud. I personally
dont see what the big fuss is about there ... but I never
went to the "old BSS" befor the current people took over.
Rohan also is sort of a young'uns-out-for-the-evening
kinda place, no?
In addition to the food, do you care about the atmosphereics
There is the super small King of Thai and the larger KoT
within a couple of blocks of each other on Clement ... that
might indeed be a reasonable place. If you are driving from
EB, do you really care whether it is around 5th or 25th?
The Outer 'Mond is a bit quieter.
I still like SHANGHAI DUMPLING HOUSE on Balboa and 33rd or so.
Burma Superstar has a pretty hellish wait almost every day of the week. If you go after 7 on any day be prepared to wait. It is a small restaurant, but it seems that the main problem is that people like to "camp" and never leave. It is great food, but since I live in the 'hood I rarely feel up to the 30 - 60 minute wait.
I would suggest Spices 1 or 2 for really different experience from what they might have had before in the City. Both have really tasty Szechwan (sp?) which is very spicy. Spices 1 (on 8th) also has Stinky Tofu. Spices 2 (on 6th) has a lot of different types of hot pots. People have complained about the service but I have never had a problem. The cross street for both is Clement.
Another option would be King of Thai. There are various locations, 2 or 3 in the Inner Richmond. Very casual, but very good. I prefer the one on Clement between 5th and 6th (I think).
One other option is actually more of a bar, but has AMAZING food, is RoHan. It is Korean based food, which has been “updated” (the word that the owner used when describing the food.) My personal favorite is the kalbi and bulgogi there. Everything is good though!
That should get you started.