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Feb 23, 2011 02:12 PM

E&O or the House

Which one do you all prefer for a fun date night? Looking for excellent food and an environment where we can talk (not to loud where we'll need to scream). The parents will be watching the kids for the night and we're in the mood for delicious, asian-influenced dishes! Thanks!!!

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  1. E&O and the House are both good in their own ways. E&O is large and has a nice range of menu items to select from. Their dishes mostly strike me as Western dishes with an Asian kick. The black cod there is pretty good from my memory. It can be noisy (Happy Hour times), but I don't think it'll be a problem at dinner.

    The House is much smaller and more cramped than E&O. The food definitely shows more Asian elements, and I think overall the food is better here. In style it makes me think Asian dish with Western twist or half-Asian half-Western. The food and drinks are definitely pricier here, but just about every dish should be good.

    For a date I'd probably go with the House, but let us know how it goes whichever one you try! =)

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    1. re: ShoyuPanda

      Agreed on the House! While I've never been the biggest fan of the House like many many people in San Francisco (who love to recommend the House), I think overall the food is better than E&O.

      I don't think either places are overly loud the times I've been to both. However, for a nice date, I do feel that the decor is better at E&O, therefore giving a better date ambience. For the type of dishes that the House kicks out and price point, the ambience just feels like a neighborhood asian restaurant slightly similar to a nicer chinese place. Also if date-nights are rare for you and you want to maximize this, E&O has a full bar.

      Other places that are good for asian-influenced dishes with a vibrant ambience are Namu and Ozumo. Ozumo can be loud but for dinner in the back of the restaurant, you will not need to yell.

      1. re: chocomel

        Oooh good points! I love E&O for their full bar and happy hour. I always felt that the drinks at the House are a bit pricier than they needed to be, even accounting for restaurant mark-up.

        Ozumo and Namu are both good options too. Haven't been to Namu in a while, but I remember liking it. Ozumo you can get drinks, sushi, fusion sushi, and other fusion dishes. From that description it's probably not hard to gather that Ozumo is Japanese fusion.

        House on the other hand is more Chinese fusion and I agree their decor could use a bit more work relative to E&O,

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    2. I have not been to the House.

      My parents are big fans of E&O, and I like it too.
      But last time they were in the city (last summer) they made their usual trip to E&O and said it seemed like it had passed it's day. Nearly empty, and they seemed to feel the food had fallen off a bit. Could have just been a bad day; just so you know.
      Anybody else been there recently?

      And: I alwayws liked Betelnut but it's been a looooong time since I was there.

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      1. Thank you all for your advice! We ended up at the House, which was amazing!!! We were seated towards the back, and even though it was crowded, we were far enough from our neighbors to have a nice, intimate meal.

        The food was superb. We shared 2 appetizers-- the roasted unagi and big eye tuna (a special). The unagi was amazing-- deep flavors that melted in our mouths served over a silky avocado and rice mixture. The tuna was top quality but I was less of a fan of the onion, caper relish that topped it. As entrees, we shared the salmon and another special-- the marinated cod. The cod was one of the best fish entrees I've had in awhile-- again rich, wonderful flavor and a melt-in-your-mouth texture. It was served over delicious crab and avocado sushi rolls. The salmon was also fantastic and served in a wonderful, ginger and soy flavored broth. With the dinner, we enjoyed a delicious and very reasonably priced syrah.
        Since it was a rare date night, we also had a dessert, the warm apple crisp with vanilla ice cream, accompanied by dessert wines. The perfect ending for a meal better than any I've had in a long, long time. I left fully understanding why the House receives such high ratings for its food. It far exceeded my expectations!

        1. It's funny cause we were recently dining at both E&O and Betelnut and were impressed at how consistent both places still are...E&O's remodel is pretty cool and the food was terrific. Betelnut keeps rocking out!