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Mar 6, 2010 07:16 PM

Late Lunch Within 10 Minutes by Cab from Bush and Hyde

I am visiting San Francisco and have a 1:00 p.m. appointment near Bush and Hyde (not even sure what part of town that is called - it is right by St. Francis Hospital).

I will be looking for a late lunch afterward. Any kind of food; any price range (either haute or cheap is fine) - it just has to be great food, open late or continuously for lunch and within 10 minutes or so by cab.

P.S. I should mention that it will be on a Monday. I just checked the website of CAFE ZITOUNA and they are closed on Mondays. I also see that Zuni Cafe which does an all day menu is closed on Monday.

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  1. Nob Hill Grille is open until 3pm and right across the street from St. Francis

    1. Lers Ros is five blocks away and open all day every day. Best Thai food I've had.

      1. I second Ler Ros and you can easily walk to Swan Oyster Depot.

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        1. re: saffrongold

          Checked out Lers Ros and it is a definite possibility as I adore Thai food. It couldn't be as good as Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas could it? (If it is, I will think I died and went to heaven).

          Ater Lers Ros, I was thinking I would cab it to the Slanted Door for tea and dessert, since I see Slanted Door does an afternoon tea menu from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM. I'm assuming one can just pop by the Slanted Door at tea time without reservations.

          1. re: omotosando

            I haven't been to Thailand,so I'm no expert, but the only place I've had Thai food as good as Lers Ros's was at Jitlada in Hollywood, which specializes in a completely different regional cuisine. Lers Ros's customers are mostly Thai, so the chefs don't have to compromise.

            You might call Slanted Door to ask about the afternoon menu before headihg over. I went by there mid-afternoon the other day and couldn't get seated, but I can't remember whether that was because they were closed or full. On the other hand, there's always the Imperial Tea Court. We went there instead and it was nice.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Thanks, Robert. I am really looking forward to Lers Ros. I have not been to Jitlada, even though I live in L.A. (I am much too lazy to drive to that side of town). If you are ever in Las Vegas (or need an excuse to go there), Lotus of Siam is amazing - I had read about it for years and it was everything it was cracked up to be.

              And I will definitely call Slanted Door before cabbing over to make sure they can accommodate me for tea. I can't believe the place is that popular that it would be filled on a Monday late afternoon in winter, but better safe than sorry.

              1. re: omotosando

                I thought they were closed, but I might have been confused, I was pretty distracted (we were mainly looking for a quiet place to have a meeting). Maybe only the bar was open or something.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  According to Slanted Door's website, they serve afternoon tea every day between 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. (Lunch service ends at 2:30 p.m.)

        2. So I went for lunch today to Les Ros. Okay, but definitely not a destination restaurant for a visitor to San Francisco. My full review here

          Afterwards, I went to the Ferry Building for tea at Slanted Door, another disappointment. The first problem with tea at Slanted Door is that they only serve it in the lounge and bar area. So you have the choice of sitting on the lounge chairs, which are completely shielded from the window, so there is no natural light and you can't see the water - maybe okay for a drink at night, but completely depressing on a sunny afternoon. Since the darkness was not appealing, I sat at the bar, which at least got some afternoon light. But the bar seats were not all that comfortable and definitely not the right setting for a contemplative pot of tea. Plus the music that they were playing in the bar area totally turned me off and I actually couldn't wait to finish my tea and get out of there to escape the music.

          The tea itself was okay, but was not brewed properly (underbrewed, although usually the opposite is the problem with restaurant tea). I also had the meyer lemon tart. I was told it was a specialty of the restaurant, which the chef only does during meyer lemon season. It was okay, but not crave-worthy the way a dessert should be at a 4-star restaurant. The crust was too heavy and it was a bit too sweet.

          I got out of Slanted Door as quickly as possible and sat on a bench outside, where I was much happier. Next time I will try the other tea place at the Ferry Building.

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          1. re: omotosando

            I find Slanted Door to be overrated though I love the Ferry Building. OSHA thai has multiple locations, but the food is good and nicely presented. The Embarcadero location is very pretty with nice bar/lounge.

            1. re: omotosando

              I don't think the two dishes you ordered were the best choices to experience Lers Ros at its best. Here's a permalink direct to your report: