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Fine Mar 10, 2008 09:23 PM

Thinking about Quince, Vivande.

Or, OTH, was thinking also about going down to either R&G or Shanghai 1930.

Don't see much recent on 3 of those--haven't checked R&G. Have to get off computer and make dinner!

Any other thoughts appreciated--unless really special, Japanese not first choice. Have been to 1300. Friends don't want Ethiopian. Also don't want to wait around to get into SPQR (since better half and I usually dine late, we can kill that bird another time).

Can't recall if Korea House is still open Tuesdays; it's always a good fall-back for us.


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    saffrongold Mar 11, 2008 07:32 PM

    Cafe Kati is a nice spot

    1. shellshock24 Mar 11, 2008 11:51 AM

      Bushi-Tei. Less Japanese, more French IMO

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      1. re: shellshock24
        Carrie 218 Mar 11, 2008 01:46 PM

        Careful on Bushi-Tei; they were amazing their first year (and got a Michelin star for their efforts!) but lost that star and a lot of customers in the progress... not as good as they once were.

        1. re: Carrie 218
          shellshock24 Mar 11, 2008 04:18 PM

          I went there a few months ago for DaT and had a wonderful experience. Just my opinion.

      2. Carrie 218 Mar 11, 2008 04:58 AM

        Quince is really hard to get into at short notice. Vivande for pasta is a no-brainer.

        ML8000 also mentioned Maki which is fabulous AND pretty pricey.

        The new Kabuki Kitchen which opened just a few months ago is surprisingly fabulous; I'd recommend the oxtail and save room for a cheese plate.

        And, yes, all the Korean restaurants are open in the neighborhood (there are something like six of the them now), but I prefer Arang which is tucked around the corner of the Subway, across from the Panda Kitchen -- small, but great BiBimBap.

        I would take Jitlada Thai over Neecha and Cassis is also a great suggestion (amazing wine list). I'm not a La Mediterranee fan whatsoever.

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          ML8000 Mar 10, 2008 10:40 PM

          I'm not sure if Maki in J-town is really special but it's very good to excellent for what it is. I walked by this place for year and never thought much of it until a friend took me there.

          The house speciality is the wappa meshi, a unique and homey sort of steamed combo bento and donburi. Only a few places in the U.S. serve it. The soup/noodles are also very good. The miso soup is excellent...house made, the best I've had in a long, long time, perhaps ever. Even the teri sauce is outstanding.

          Of the things I sampled, everything was very good. It's not cheap and the place is super small. This SF Weekly review is pretty accurate, even 7 years old.


          1. tvham Mar 10, 2008 10:04 PM

            Here are a couple of my pre-Fillmore standby's:
            La Mediterranee
            Neecha Thai

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