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Exotic, sit-down Friday lunch near embarcadero

leeinsf Apr 28, 2010 11:01 AM

My foodie friend's visiting from Alabama, and we want a sit-down lunch walkable from the Embarcadero Center Hyatt. She's thinking something exotic, that she doesn't get to eat normally. Doesn't have to be fancy. Slanted Door comes to mind, but frankly, my last visit left me unimpressed. Any other ideas?

Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

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    bobpantzer Apr 28, 2010 11:05 AM

    How about La Mar? Peruvian, nice setting.

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    1. re: bobpantzer
      vliang Apr 28, 2010 11:06 AM

      Second La Mar

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        lmnopm Apr 28, 2010 11:16 AM

        Third. Definitely something that your friend won't eat in Alabama. Even if she doesn't love it, it will be interesting for her.

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          chocomel Apr 28, 2010 11:30 AM

          Another vote on La Mar.

          But depending on your definition of exotic, i would like to throw in:
          - Kokkari (Greek)
          - Piperade (Spanish)

          1015 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111

          1. re: chocomel
            nocharge Apr 28, 2010 11:46 AM

            Agree with La Mar and Kokkari. Piperade is good, too, but would depend on the definition of "walkable." Close to the hotel there is Stone Korean Kitchen. Not very exotic, but perhaps worth considering for other reasons are Perbacco and Barbacco. Also, the Hyatt is only 1 1/2 block from Yank Sing.

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      leeinsf Apr 28, 2010 02:12 PM

      thanks everyone. That's funny, I've never heard of La Mar - this is a part of town I almost never get to. But all your suggestions are great!

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      1. re: leeinsf
        wolfe Apr 28, 2010 02:24 PM

        Don't know why it hasn't popped up.

      2. Windy Apr 28, 2010 06:43 PM

        Lafitte. Brand new, just opened, one pier over from La Mar.

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          Melanie Wong Apr 28, 2010 06:47 PM

          What have you tried at Lafitte?

          La Mar Cebicheria Peruana
          Pier 1 1/2, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111

          5 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

          1. re: Windy
            BernalKC Apr 29, 2010 02:26 PM

            Lunch service starts May 8th, according to their site.

          2. myst Apr 29, 2010 01:39 PM

            Not sure what she considers exotic (we have such a variety here). I like all the suggestions so far and OSHA Thai also comes to mind, the ambiance is very nice and it is next door to the Hyatt. I love the fried banana there (it might be a touristy dessert but it really tastes good!).

            Osha Thai Embarcadero
            100 Drumm St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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              ML8000 Apr 29, 2010 02:03 PM

              You could try Mexico DF...probably something you won't get in Alabama. La Mar however is probably the most exotic and suitable.

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