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Joule or Monsoon?

zinfanatic May 3, 2008 11:01 AM

Thanks for the recs on the visit to your fun city and dining without a car! I have made a reservation at Joule, but after I did I started reading about Monsoon. I know Joule is Korean fusion and Monsoon more Viet. Which sould I choose? Note we are from SF if that helps!

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  1. dagoose RE: zinfanatic May 3, 2008 01:07 PM

    I think that the food at Monsoon is a little better honed, better executed. That's where my vote would go.

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      bluedog67 RE: dagoose May 3, 2008 01:44 PM

      i can't speak for joule, so this is only one-sided, but I have never had anything less than delicious at monsoon. it is wonderful food, good service, quality ingredients.

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      little ms foodie RE: zinfanatic May 3, 2008 04:52 PM

      You could try both by doing Joule for dinner and Monsoon for awesome brunch but if you only have time for one I would go to Monsoon over Joule having been to both.

      1. landguy RE: zinfanatic May 4, 2008 12:14 PM

        I have only eaten at Joule once and wasn't all that impressed. Monsoon can be hit and miss but seems like a better bet. I would also recommend checking out Baguette Box which is a sandwich shop owned by the Monsoon people. In fact I would just slum it and eat at Baguette Box and skip both if it was me. Lemongrass Skirt Steak sammich, mmmm.

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          tedfood RE: zinfanatic May 5, 2008 09:28 AM

          Since you are from SF you will be disappointed in Monsoon-pseudo Vietnamese food for non-VIetnamese. Bong Su and Slanted Door in SF are much better.
          I would opt for Joule-creative cooking with interesting and delicious Korean touches.

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            hhlodesign RE: tedfood May 5, 2008 10:55 AM

            Slanted Door is crap. Monsoon kicks Slanted Ass any day!

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              hhlodesign RE: tedfood May 6, 2008 11:59 AM

              The wild ramp dish I had last night at Monsoon is one of the best dishes I've had all year.

              Just so you know tedfood, ramps are indigenous to North America and not something you'll find in a Saigon kitchen. So you probably won't be ordering this abomination at this "pseudo Vietnamese" restaurant. Too bad for you.

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              barleywino RE: tedfood May 29, 2008 09:54 PM

              Joule has changed up their menu; their preparations of (slightly crisped) duck breast w/ sake lees & soy & kumquat, short rib (now off the bone and heavily marbled), smoky grilled Chinese broccoli w/ egg yolk and chili vinaigrette, baguette w/ seaweed butter, all elevate common ingredients to a new level imo, much more creative than Monsoon (both places are good, Monsoon is just more traditional). Looking forward to trying some of their upcoming weekly series of Sunday afternoon/evening casual summer food events.

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                Lauren RE: barleywino May 30, 2008 08:55 AM

                Good to know. Thanks barleywino!

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              jamesbra RE: zinfanatic May 5, 2008 10:04 AM

              Coupage - go to Coupage - www.coupageseattle.com

              Monsoon is cool due to local / fresh organics when possible sourcing

              Slanted Door? You can get more "authentic" in the mission than Slanted Door

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                passionfoodie RE: zinfanatic May 5, 2008 10:03 PM

                Joule is overrated. Granted the chef duo met at Ducasse you would never know it by the food regardless of the Korean influence or not

                My vote is for Monsoon.

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                  staffstuff RE: zinfanatic May 7, 2008 03:40 PM

                  I agree that Joule is overrated...also, the dining room is noisy (hard to have conversation), small & tables crowded. If you are from SF you might be disappointed in the style of "vietnamese" of Monsoon but the food & dining experience there is far better than Joule in my experience.

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