Vietnamese food in the Castro
Found the new restaurant Zadin, 4029 18th Street, between Castro and Noe, and had a delicious meal. To compliment the food, they have a very good wine list, and our server, Noon, was very knowledgeable about ALL the wines offered. She even gave us several samplings of some that were new to us. This really helped to make the evening all the more special. Visit them on-line for some more info:
Would love to hear other's thoughts on Zadin.................enjoy!
The Castro has many ok/fine restaurants, including several good but arguably overrated restaurants (e.g. Sumi, Catch, Frisee), but Zadin is great. The wine list is excellent and competitive with that of the Slanted Door, and the food -- for the price -- is definitely a better value than the Slanted Door. (Swirl purportedly crafted Zadin's wine list, which explains why it is so wonderful.) We had a lovely, inexpensive cabernet savignon rose with our dinner: Zadin Fish Rolls (magnificent); Salt & Pepper Calamari (lightly battered/fried and delicious); Thai Basil Tofu (very generous amount of excellent tofu and perfectly cooked veggies in a light, warm sauce with subtle flavors; could have used a bit of bite, I guess, but still very good, and this from someone who rarely likes tofu); and the special (scallops with spinach noodles; perfectly cooked noodles, delicious pasta, spicy and fantastic). The portions here are generous, so we wound up taking almost 50% of our entrees home with us in order to save room for dessert, and I'm glad we did. We had an incredible caramel ice cream (think Bi-Rite good) and some fried banana delicacy, along with the most generous pour of a yummy Welschriesling that we'd ever had. We'll go back, and hopefully soon. An outstanding restaurant in the castro -- imagine that.