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What's good at Westfield?

mrs bacon Jan 7, 2011 12:14 PM

Going to catch a movie later. Besides Out the Door, what are the highlights of the food court at the Westfield Center?

Out the Door
845 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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    mrs bacon Jan 10, 2011 10:01 AM

    Ended up at Ajisen. Had the "premium pork." Quite tasty and filling. I'll be back. Thanks, all!

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    1. re: mrs bacon
      Pei Jan 11, 2011 05:07 PM

      Thanks for reporting back!

    2. cosmogrrl Jan 9, 2011 09:33 PM

      I always enjoy a few snacks at Straits cafe. Especially the Roti Prada.

      1. CarrieWas218 Jan 9, 2011 04:45 AM

        I maintain that the Japanese place back near Bloomies (which used to be called Mr. Hana and has changed names), has a very good poki bowl; brown or white rice with fresh chunked raw tuna, avocado, pickled cucumbers, sliced apples, nori, black sesames, wasabi and ginger is a pretty good treat and very filling for the price. It is my favorite to get when I'm subjected to that food court.

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        1. re: CarrieWas218
          wolfe Jan 9, 2011 07:59 AM

          Kichi Grill?

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            CarrieWas218 Jan 9, 2011 05:50 PM

            Yes -- thanks, Wolfe!

            Oddly, the Westfield website still has the old Mr. Hana name...

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            artemis Jan 10, 2011 10:15 AM

            I like that bowl too.

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            PulledPork Jan 8, 2011 10:45 PM

            Ajisen is definitely worth a look. I've been 2-3 times and think they are serving ramen that is better than most of the go-to SF ramen shops.

            Tropisueno is close and solid.

            75 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, CA 94103

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              ...tm... Feb 23, 2011 12:39 AM

              I agree--I found my tonkotsu ramen with special pork to be ridiculously addictive.

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                escargot3 Feb 23, 2011 09:39 AM

                I'm also a fan of Tropisueno when in that part of town.

                75 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, CA 94103

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                  Pei Feb 23, 2011 06:05 PM

                  100% agreed.

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                  3ringcircus Jan 8, 2011 07:41 AM

                  I'm a sucker for Beard Papa. Their kiosk is right under the escalators in the food court. Every time I pass through there I buy a few cream puffs.

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                    Stephanie Wong Jan 8, 2011 07:47 AM

                    The one time I tried Beard Papa I waited for a "fresh" batch being assembled. Hard crust (!), not crispy -- HARD as in overbaked & dried out. Is that the norm for their puffs?

                    Since my impression was the product wasn't freshly baked, I haven't tried them again. What's your experience? I know this chain has its fans?

                    1. re: Stephanie Wong
                      Robert Lauriston Jan 8, 2011 08:48 AM

                      Beard Papa's shells, which contrary to their "all natural" claims are made with margarine, are made in Japan and shipped frozen around the world. They're supposed to be filled to order.

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                        Melanie Wong Jan 8, 2011 02:02 PM

                        I know that they're baked on site, as the shells have to cool down before they're filled. The raw pastry may well be frozen.

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                        Bunson Feb 22, 2011 02:40 PM

                        Chocolate Beard Papa cream puffs are divine. I could eat a six pack of them and not blink.

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                        ML8000 Jan 7, 2011 01:17 PM

                        Avoid Wichcraft. Good for a mall but not good by SF standards or the price.

                        1. Robert Lauriston Jan 7, 2011 12:32 PM

                          I didn't find anything else there more than a step above crap. There are some really good restaurants nearby: 54 Mint, Chez Papa Resto, farmerbrown, Little Delhi ...

                          Little Delhi
                          83 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94102

                          Farmer Brown
                          25 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

                          Chez Papa Resto
                          4 Mint Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94103

                          54 Mint
                          54 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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                            mrs bacon Jan 7, 2011 01:26 PM

                            Hmm. Maybe the new ramen place, Ajisen?

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                              Robert Lauriston Jan 7, 2011 01:31 PM

                              Maybe so, sounds pretty good:


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                                Pei Jan 9, 2011 05:35 PM

                                I've been to Ajisen a few times and like it just fine. I'd rather eat there than anywhere in the newer food court. That said, there are a few above-average selections (including the pork special), and a lot of mediocre takes on ramen beyond that.

                          2. wolfe Jan 7, 2011 12:19 PM

                            Mrs wolfe likes Straits.

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