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pengrin May 28, 2011 07:55 AM

What would you recommend at the food court?

I really enjoyed Coriander Gourmet Thai - their authentic Beef Pad See Eww very delicious and don't forget to ask for their dried chili. It's very good and spicy.

  1. mariacarmen May 28, 2011 08:06 AM

    Out the Door. I actually prefer it to Slanted Door (except the view, of course.) If you go at lunch, they have a delicious banh mi. Not cheap ($8), not "authentic", just delicious.

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    Slanted Door
    Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

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

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      timeo May 29, 2011 03:18 AM

      I'd give Out the Door a pass and head straight for Tu Lan, which is just a block away. The bun with imperial rolls there is just...sigh...so delicious.

      Another vote for the Korean restaurant as well.

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      Tu Lan
      8 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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

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        farmersdaughter May 29, 2011 08:39 AM

        Agreed. Out the Door is my default lunch in the mall, although I do like the Korean place mentioned below as well.

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

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          toncasmo Jun 6, 2011 09:23 AM

          i agree..i like it better than slanted door but didn't dare say it! haven't tried the bahn mi..will have to remember for next time

        2. Windy May 28, 2011 08:27 AM

          I like Loving Hut, the vegan Chinese place run by a religious order. They have lots of good faux shrimp and faux pork stir fries. Steam table, so you can see what's fresh.

          The Korean bbq isn't bad either. Also a steam table, so you can pick the best looking meats.

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            soupçon May 28, 2011 08:42 PM

            That's Sorabol, I think. They may have the most bang for the buck; portions run large.

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              Windy May 28, 2011 08:55 PM

              Yes, it is, thanks. I always liked the Sorabol in Emery Bay.

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            david kaplan May 28, 2011 08:33 AM

            Ajisen Ramen, and hot chocolate at Cocoa Bella

            (preferably at least a few hours apart)

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              sfwork May 28, 2011 11:23 AM

              I second both of these recommendations. Ajisen Ramen is surprisingly good for mall food.

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              Ajisen Ramen
              47890 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont, CA

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                riley646 May 28, 2011 11:29 AM

                HERE.. HERE...

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                  Windy May 28, 2011 11:36 AM

                  Which ramen do you recommend?

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                    soupçon May 28, 2011 08:39 PM

                    By all means, their signature tonkotsu ramen (I think they call it "Premium Pork Ramen."}

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                      ...tm... Jun 6, 2011 11:18 AM

                      Agreed--I keep trying to find a tonkotsu ramen in the city that I like better and I haven't.

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                        Windy Jun 6, 2011 11:20 AM

                        Thank you both. Will check it out.

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                          Windy Jun 8, 2011 03:55 PM

                          I wondered reading this thread how I'd never seen Ajisen Ramen. And then today, meeting a friend at Loving Hut, I wandered around in search of it. No luck.

                          After consulting the touch screen, I found out it's in the basement below Nordstrom's, not the main food "Emporium" by Bloomingdale's. Will try it next time.

                          Not sure about the replies re Oyaji's--people who recommend their ramen, I guess. Oyaji definitely isn't in Westfield Centre.

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                            singleguychef Jun 8, 2011 04:10 PM

                            Yes, Ajisen is right next to Panda Express on the Nordstrom side. Not a far stroll from the main Westfield food court.

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                          DezzerSF Jun 7, 2011 08:31 AM

                          Try Oyaji's.

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                          Oyaji Restaurant
                          3123 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

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                            sfwork Jun 7, 2011 08:04 PM

                            DezzerSF: shhhhhhh! don't tell people about Oyaji! you want lines to start forming? are you crazy?!!

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                            Oyaji Restaurant
                            3123 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

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                              DezzerSF Jun 8, 2011 08:20 AM

                              LOL

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                  whiner May 28, 2011 11:00 AM

                  The Korean place is a standard for me. I get the combo the two different types of short ribs. Yum!

                  1. alanbarnes May 28, 2011 07:09 PM

                    Beard Papa's a guilty pleasure...

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                      mariacarmen May 28, 2011 10:14 PM

                      mmmmm...no guilt required.

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                        alanbarnes May 28, 2011 10:29 PM

                        But the guilt is half the fun...

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                          mariacarmen May 29, 2011 12:18 AM

                          you're bad! you're bad! eat that cream puff! grrrrrowwww!

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                      Nopa May 29, 2011 08:58 AM

                      Andale has pretty good Mexican.

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                        manraysky May 30, 2011 05:25 PM

                        My standard pre-movie, let's eat at the food court meal, is the salad with chicken from Andale. I can't remember what they call it, but it's greens, avocado, goat cheese, tomatoes, a generous amount of chicken, and a tasty garlicky vinaigrette.

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                        jam_loss Jun 6, 2011 06:05 AM

                        I like the Buckhorn Grill when I am in Westfield. Prices are reasonable, portions large, and it tastes great.

                        1. singleguychef Jun 8, 2011 04:11 PM

                          Anyone tried the gourmet hot dog place? Looks fairly new but haven't tried it yet. I admit I do default to Sorabol for the value BBQ meal.

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                            Windy Jun 8, 2011 04:15 PM

                            I'm curious about Melt, the ice cream place, too. We meant to try it but ran out of time before having to run back to Moscone.

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                              whiner Jun 8, 2011 07:07 PM

                              I went to Sorabol again yesterday for an early dinner before U2. Really excellent food. I gotta say, within the context of fast mall court food, it is truly excellent. And they even have reasonably good kim chi.

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                              jessinEC Jul 15, 2011 11:40 AM

                              Are there any Italian (pizza or pasta) places that you'd recommend? I'm going to be in that area tonight with my very-limited-palate children.

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                                foodeye Jul 15, 2011 12:03 PM

                                There is a new pizza place there: http://cupolasf.com/

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                                  The Librarian Jul 16, 2011 09:38 AM

                                  Here's a list of the Westfield places to eat, and there is a pasta place, Pasta Moto. I haven't tried it though - I usually go to Sorabol!

                                  http://www.westfield.com/sanfrancisco...

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                                  Pasta Moto
                                  845 Market St Ste Fe6, San Francisco, CA 94103

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                                    whiner Jul 16, 2011 01:13 PM

                                    It is so funny how everyone here recommends Sorabol (that is where I go and I get the half grilled short rib, half short rib stew combination) but it rarely seems to be the most popular place when in the mall... I wonder if Korean food is just less popular?

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                                      timeo Jul 16, 2011 01:17 PM

                                      Really? Every time I go to Westfield, the line for the place is out of the line. Comparatively, the Thai place always has space in the queuing area, but this might just be a reflection of serving speeds?

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                                        whiner Jul 18, 2011 08:51 AM

                                        Yep... I wonder if we just go at different times? On weekdays I'm never there before 1pm, And I'm more often there on weekends than I am on week days...

                                2. Robert Lauriston Nov 21, 2012 12:44 PM

                                  Inside Scoop reports the Westfield branch of Out the Door will not reopen and the new tenant is not a restaurant.

                                  http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

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