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Osha Thai at Embarcadero - Am I Missing Something?

rightstar Feb 14, 2007 09:25 PM

For the longest time I wanted to try Osha Thai at the Embarcadero. My wife and I ate lunch there today. After being seated, we started with an order of the wasabi beef rolls and a Thai iced tea. I was very disappointed with the beef rolls. The steak was tasty but I could hardly taste the wasabi and the vinagery flavor of the sauce permeated everything. The vegetables were crispy, though, but nothing special. The Thai iced tea was way too bitter for me. I kept stirring it hoping that the bitterness would be masked by the sweet flavor but to no avail. Finally, we shared basil chicken. The chicken had a gamey taste. Like the wasabi beef rolls, the sauce was filled with vinegar. I could hardly taste the basil in the chicken. The only thing that tasted good was the red pepper. A lot of people rave about this place so I was wondering did I come on a bad day or am I missing something?

  1. grishnackh Feb 14, 2007 09:36 PM

    I've only been to this location twice, both times for dinner. On neither occasion did it live up to its Valencia Street counterpart.

    1. chowaddict Feb 15, 2007 08:44 AM

      I had lunch there today also and it was horrible. Angel wings, spicy string beans, spicy catfish, thai ice tea. HORRIBLE! Everything was obscenely over salted. Will never go back to this location.

      1. Squeat Mungry Feb 15, 2007 11:21 AM

        Do you mean the one on 2nd Street? I've been only once, but I won't be going back, either.

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        1. re: Squeat Mungry
          grishnackh Feb 15, 2007 11:32 AM

          No, I think rightstar meant the one in the Embarcadero Center and I meant the one in the Mission on Valencia. Besides those two, there is the 2nd Street location and one on Geary as well.

          1. re: grishnackh
            Squeat Mungry Feb 15, 2007 11:36 AM

            Thanks. Didn't know there was one in the EC. In fact, the only other one I've been to (a few times) is the one on Geary, which I find to be okay if I'm in that neighborhood, but not worth crossing town for. Better than the 2nd Street location, for sure.

            1. re: Squeat Mungry
              theSauce Feb 16, 2007 12:50 PM

              The 2nd street location is loud and packed during lunch. The food is so-so compare to other Thai places. It's over hype by young yuppies.

        2. grishnackh Feb 15, 2007 11:54 AM

          The Valencia Street location is beautiful inside, always jam-packed, and serves great food. I've never had been served food of the same quality at the Tenderloin or Embarcadero locations.

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            kumuki Mar 27, 2007 01:04 PM

            Osha Thai, 4 Embarcadero Center, SF

            We had amazing: 1) Snapper with napa cabbage, with red curry on one side and green on the other. Very fresh snapper and curries with a wonderful subtle flavor.
            2) Pumpkin curry 3) Pad Thai 4) Jasmine tea 5) Jasmine rice

            Service: Efficient & professional. Low key.
            Food: Excellent quality. Fresh. Beautiful & thoughtful presentation. Knowledgable staff.
            Ambience: Tasteful. Modern. Warm.
            Overall: Excellent. One of the best thai restaurants in the bay area. My favorite place in the bay area.
            Price: Mid-range. Very reasonable for the high quality, fresh ingredients and beautiful ambiance.
            THANK YOU OSHA!

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