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Bong Su - SF

johne Nov 16, 2006 06:32 AM

Gotta report that today for a friends birthday lunch we had a really terrific lunch. i was at Bong Su three months ago, and it was just OK, but today was an absolute knockout. all the dishes we shared - about 8 for 6 people - were terrific. the black cod, as others note, was outstanding. but every single item - squid, "pancakes," crab noodles, and other i can't recall - were really top notch. the place was more empty than not, so i really hope folks try it out before it disappears ... also, you MUST have their "buffalo grass" vodka martini. the best vodka i ever had ( so ... i got a bottle right now in my fridge).

let me know what you think ... and see my Maui post in the "Elsewhere" zone if this was helpful ...

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  1. laaronson RE: johne Mar 12, 2007 08:09 PM

    I went last night and also thought the food was very good (shy of great but very good). While the service was totally indifferent, I would go back to sit at the pretty (and empty, but it was a Sunday...still don't get the vibe this place is doing great business) bar and eat shrimp cupcakes, salt and pepper calamari and miso cod. Nothing super inventive but way solid presentation. I love the dried beef on top of the otherwise ordinary papaya salad. The giant prawns are incredible to look at, ok to taste.

    1. allyally RE: johne Mar 12, 2007 08:45 PM

      Good to hear. I was there in the fall and thought some dishes were a bit oily. It also didn't compare well with a meal I had a few nights before at Poleng Lounge where the black cod was much better and the meal itself was tastier and cheaper. But, I'll give it another try in the future. I remember really liking the duck wraps.

      1. vincentlo RE: johne Mar 15, 2007 01:58 AM

        In addition to great food, Bong Su has absolutely stunning decor, much more so than Slanted Doors (hey can't count the view) and Tamarine.


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          brekkie_fan RE: vincentlo Mar 18, 2007 12:42 AM

          I've enjoyed Slanted Door (when there were at the edge of Embarcadero i think) and Tamarine. Will have to go to Bong Su. Always pass it when we're downtown.

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