Pho at Perilla?
I took a different route out of the Transbay Terminal this morning which took me by the site of the former Linda's Place (greasy-spoon Thai), which has morphed into a rather more upscale Vietnamese pho place called Perilla (which didn't sound very Asian to me until I googled it and found that perilla is another name for shiso). Banner across the front read "Grand Opening 8-8-08" although that doesn't mean it hasn't been open for a while. Anyone tried it? It looks kind of expensive, but the garlic noodles are calling me.
510 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Same owner as PPQ? Interesting, as they have a Pho restaurant on Irving between 19th and 20th AVenue - the one on the north side of the street, NOT the one on the south side of Irving. One of may favorite Pho places and the one I migrate to on any cold day when I'm in the neighborhood.
I got there just before noon and it was packed! I ordered tiger prawns with garlic noodles and the shrimp roll for my coworker. I really enjoyed the garlic noodles. They were chewy and not too greasy. You could see the chopped up garlic in the noodles but the garlic flavor was just right, not too overwhelming. The shrimp were good (I think their description of jumbo might be stretching it) but I'll probably just order the garlic noodles ($6.50) next time. It was also served with a side of steamed broccoli. My coworker like the shrimp roll but couldn't identify an ingredient. She guessed it might be shiso.
$8.50 for the shrimp, +$1.50 to substitute garlic noodles, $6 for the shrimp roll. 15 minute wait after I ordered.