Bauer's Mission Chinese Rave????
Anybody else find Bauer's Mission Chinese rave perplexing?
I ordered nine dishes delivered from Mission Chinese, back before Christmas, and while they were universally interesting and well executed--raising great hopes as we spread this feast across our dinner table--they were also universally inedible, due to a wildly out of control spice level, in every single dish. Nine dishes represents a pretty substantial portion of their small menu; I'd asked specifically for a few dishes that weren't spicy, so my kids might find something to eat; I'm not a high-spice guy myself, but I'm no spice-wuss, either, routinely dousing my fish tacos with habanero sauce, glugging Sriracha onto my eggs, and sprinkling red chile flakes into my greens; and yet we ended up throwing away nearly a hundred dollars worth of food. The entire order, no joke: five minutes into the meal, we conceded defeat in complete amazement and then shoveled it all into the garbage can. We've never done that with a single other meal, ever, from any take-out joint. So what gives? Does Bauer have an asbestos tongue? Or has Mission Chinese perhaps toned it down, in the past 3 months?
Mission Chinese Food
2234 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
I don't have an iron tongue and find MCF spicy but enjoyable. I do cook with sichuan peppercorn & red chilis and really like the combined numbing-spicy effect. That might come as a shock to someone not familiar with the effect (especially if you're used to spiciness from red peppers alone as is typical in many cuisines)
In reference to vulber - I notice the quality difference just on the ingredient level - for instance the taste of the berkshire pig in the ma po dofu is quite pronounced and different from what you typically find. I respect that kind of care and attention to ingredients - which is almost unheard of in similarly priced "ethnic" food places (chinese or otherwise). Not everyone shares these tastes or values but I suppose Bauer does as well.
There are (apparently) many reports of inconsistency problems.
I don’t trust Bauer's reviews at all. There are many examples of places he raves about that I think are mediocre and vice versa. That being said I have never been to Mission Chinese so I can’t comment on that specifically.