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catherinel Aug 21, 2010 06:26 AM

Coming to town in a week. Can you folks recommend a lively, hip, and wonderful pan Asian restaurant not too far out from the center? Friends have suggested Betelnut and Butterfly. Many thanks

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Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

Betelnut
2030 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

  1. bbulkow Aug 21, 2010 12:22 PM

    Butterfly is not considered particularly great, does fit the circumstances.

    Not sure if you mean "pan asian" or "asian fusion". SD I woudn't call Pan Asian. It's neo-vietnamese or viet-fusion or something. All the tastes cluster very close to Vietnam, nothing Chinese or Japanese or Korean about it.

    Look up E&O Trading. Some good reports on some dishes.

    Skool has recently opened. Not much here on the board about it. "Uni Flan" should clearly count as hip and asian-fusion.

    House is actually good. Likely what I'd consider the number one rec.

    Straights is downtown. I loved so much their branch in the avenues, and I hate so much their branch on the peninsula, but I haven't been to the one downtown, so can't recommend.

    And --- no idea what "the center" is.

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    Skool
    1725 Alameda St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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    1. re: bbulkow
      Windy Aug 21, 2010 05:49 PM

      There have been several writeups of Skool, and it's a great choice. It's not that easy to get to without a car but one of the Potrero Hill buses stops nearby.

      I'd suggest just going to any good modern Asian restaurant though.

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      Skool
      1725 Alameda St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    2. Shane Greenwood Aug 21, 2010 06:43 AM

      Not exactly sure what you mean by "the center". Downtown maybe? Anyway, check out The House too. It's in North Beach.

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      The House
      1230 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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